• Coming to America (1988)

Coming to America

Release Date: 1988

DVD Release Date: March 9th, 1999

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

Production Co: Paramount

Keywords: Love, Hilarious, Daughter, New York City, 1980s, Lighthearted, Marriage, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago 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]

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan 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]

  • 40
    Duane ByrgeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Coming to America is the filmic equivalent of using a Maserati to go to the corner grocery store — Murphy's colossal comic gifts and Landis' countercultural sensibilities are largely wasted, never pushed to the floor in this idling, curbed comedy. show more

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