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  • 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

  • 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

  • Although the fairy-tale script is as old as the motion picture industry itself, the resourceful cast of Coming to America brings freshness to the annoyingly cliched material. Unfortunately, Landis' inelegant direction nearly derails the film. show more

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  • 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