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: M, Offensive language116 minsUSA
ComedyRomanceClassic
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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Reviews & comments

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

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.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

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

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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...

3.0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

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.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

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

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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...

3.0

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