Coming to America


Action / Comedy / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 68%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 7 10 134693


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Samuel L. Jackson as Hold-Up Man
Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem / Clarence / Randy Watson / Saul
James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer
Garcelle Beauvais as Rose Bearer
700.78 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 56 min
P/S 8 / 56

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ian 7 / 10

Proper Comedy; Proper Story

(Flash Review)

When having everything is not enough nor does not satisfy one's soul. This movie actually had a moral core that wasn't overshadowed by the comedy. Murphy plays Prince Akeem of Zamunda for which money is no object (in fact his face is on the money!), a multitude of servants await every command and his family literally walks on fresh rose petals. For Akeem, this form of opulent luxury doesn't truly fulfill him and when he is to be married to an attractive women, which he has no emotional attachment, he sets off to America to find a woman that meets his emotional desires. He aims for an impoverished armpit of a city in New York to shed his Prince persona. Will he find the emotional love? Can he hide the fact that he is a wealthy prince? This movie has many very funny scenes in the first act or two and slowly switches into a romantic drama with standard love story dramatic tension. Good screenplay for the genre. A true Murphy classic with many big name actors in small scenes during their youth.

Reviewed by benjaminburt 4 / 10

Missed the Mark

Perhaps the worst thing that works against Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" is that many of the jokes fall flat. Who knows, maybe this was funny back in 1988. But remember, that year also gave us Beetlejuice, Die Hard, and Big, all of which hold up a LOT better than Coming to America.

Many of this film's jokes are rooted in stereotypes. There are scenes where a black barber excitably argues with his patients. This is a very long sequence. I thought to myself, "Is this supposed to be funny? Why? Because he's black and he's got a funny voice?" The fictional African country as well was almost uncomfortable to watch to think that Eddie Murphy actually thought that his portrayal could reflect any real culture.

I will give the movie this: it has heart. The actors look like they're having a good time, and I like most of the performances, but they're left on a bland script, tired story, and unfunny jokes. Overall, this movie tries, and it functions as a film, but if you're looking for a classic, this isn't one, and if this is the best Eddie Murphy film, what does that say about the rest?

Reviewed by bigverybadtom 9 / 10

Not Your Standard "Fish Out Of Water" Comedy

My late aunt saw this movie years ago and enjoyed it, and now I just did. It is the story of a 21-year-old African prince who has been extremely pampered all his life, and now has to marry a trained submissive queen. But Prince Akeem is restless and wants to see the outside world, and with his family's permission, he does so along with his faithful servant Semmi, deciding to go to Queens, New York, not realizing what it is like. He and Semmi even take up jobs as cleaners at a fast-food restaurant.

Though they are the proverbial fish out of water, instead of stumbling through the rest of the movie, they prove to be quick studies, visiting a nearby barber shop with elderly people arguing loudly about subjects like boxing, going to bars and nightclubs and finding weird women, and then a storefront church featuring "Black Awareness Week". Finally, Akeem finds a woman he likes...who is engaged to another man who is rich but unlikable. Can he get her? The main characters give credible performances in all their roles (Murphy and Hall play multiple roles in the story), and the movie eschews crass humor for a standard but credible storyline. Highly recommended.

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