Coming to America

Coming to America

Coming to America

Eddie Murphy is Prince Akeem, heir to the throne of Zamunda who searches for a queen in New York City, in this fish-out-of-water comedy classic from director John Landis (The Blues Brothers). 

1988Rating: M117 minsUSA
ComedyClassic
Director:
John Landis ('The Blues Brothers', 'Animal House', 'The Kentucky Fried Movie')
Writer:
Eddie MurphyDavid SheffieldBarry W. Blaustein
Cast:
Eddie MurphyArsenio HallJames Earl JonesJohn Amos

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Coming to America / Reviews

Film Threat

Film Threat

Coming To America remains [Murphy's] most personal work and a great argument that a movie can be decent and wholesome despite having enough profanity to make Bill Cosby lose sleep.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

This light romantic comedy represents a change of pace for the phenomenally successful Murphy. Here he plays a polite, pampered, and fabulously wealthy African prince who comes to America in search of true love. Although the fairy-tale script is as old as the motion picture industry

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The main pleasure in America comes in the romancing of prince and pauper. But the comedy is a mere handmaiden.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Writers David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein's mushier-than-white-bread script milks only the most obvious laughs from the outlandish situation — what we get is homogenized Eddie Murphy, drained of his kinetic comic charm and smiling sass.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Motormouth Murphy is, of course, perfectly cast as the prince, whilst Arsenio Hall does a superb job as his wing-man and James Earl Jones brings some meat to the jilted father role. These three rescue the plot from it's tiresomely predictable premises...

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