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R| 1 hr. 56 min.

Plot Summary
Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is the prince of a wealthy African country and wants for nothing, except a wife who will love him in spite of his title. To escape an arranged marriage, Akeem flees to America accompanied by his persnickety sidekick, Semmi (Arsenio Hall), to find his queen. Disguised as a foreign student working in fast food, he romances Lisa (Shari Headley), but struggles with revealing his true identity to her and his marital intentions to his king father (James Earl Jones).

Cast: Eddie Murphy , Arsenio Hall , John Amos , James Earl Jones , Shari Headley , Madge Sinclair , Eriq La Salle , Allison Dean

Director: John Landis

Genres: Comedy

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Coming to America (1988)

Release Date: June 29th, 1988|1 hr. 56 min.

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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Eddie Murphy's latest picture, Coming to America, is a harmless, fairly amusing comedy that will delight Eddie Murphy fans and keep everyone else mildly entertained. [30 Jun 1988, p.E1] show more

  • 50
    USA Today

    There are some laughs, Murphy is appealing and the ancient theme of love conquering all is beguiling. But America's mean-spiritedness lingers after its pastel-pretty ending. show more

  • 88
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    It's a sweet, oft-told story, and Murphy and Hall add a number of very sharp supporting roles-hidden by makeup-to add spice to the general level of gentleness. [1 Jul 1988, p.A] show more

  • June 12, 2008 blackatreyu
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    Coming to America is the hallmark of African American humor that appeals to a mainstream audience that still considers it as one the funniest movies of all time. Who hasn't seen it? Better yet, who hasn't quoted it? The movie's intention is to use risible but outlandish humor, while not especially good in forming an original romantic comedy, this movie deserves accolades for asserting cultural motifs - most notably, the barbershop scenes and the beginning courtship dance for the prince's political marriage. These scenes can rarely be found on major motion pictures before Coming to America, and isn't re-imagined in Hollywood until much later. Coming to America is an 80's original and helped define that movie era. Don't leave it to the Washington Post or the New York Times to critique this classic, or in the words of the Jewish customer at the barbershop at the end of the movie, "Whadaya know from funny!". -Kalimah A. Priforce

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