Coming to America

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Eddie Murphy was in full control at this point, starkly evident in Coming to America's John Landis' coasting direction.

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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 & Crew

Eddie Murphy
Prince Akeem, Clarence, Randy Watson, Saul
Arsenio Hall
Semmi, Extremely Ugly Girl, Morris, Reverend Brown
John Amos
Cleo McDowell
James Earl Jones
King Jaffe Joffer
Shari Headley
Lisa McDowell
Madge Sinclair
Queen Aoleon
Eriq La Salle
Darryl Jenks
Allison Dean
Patrice McDowell
David Sheffield
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Critic Reviews for Coming to America

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (15)

Audience Reviews for Coming to America

  • Apr 12, 2019
    Hasn't aged flawlessly, made some stylistic decisions that probably would have come across as weird even at the time, and not the sort of thing (American comedy) that typically appeals to me. But I can still absolutely see why Coming to America is remembered as fondly as it is. I liked it by and large more than the most similar offerings of today.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2018
    Aside from a rushed ending Coming to America's hilarious chops, charm and regalia is a prime showcase of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall at the height of their comedic careers that's both timeless and influential. 4.35/5
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  • Jul 07, 2013
    John Landis teams up with Eddie Murphy once again for the wild and crazy comedy Coming to America. The story follows Prince Akeem of Zamunda, who decides to come to America to find an independent woman to marry, who won't just love him for his money or title. Starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, and James Earl Jones, the casting's pretty good. And the comedy is quite funny, with a lot of fish out of water type humor. Still, the hard R parts seem a bit unnecessary, and Murphy's obsession with playing multiple costumed characters can be distracting at times. Overall, Coming to America is a rather formulaic comedy, but it still delivers a lot of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2012
    Quite funny in places, A good story, Eddie Murphy does a good job and the film goes at a good pace but it just falls flat in the last half hour, Samuel L. Jackson's cameo was brilliant and makes me laugh every time, Could of been better but could of been worse too.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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