D: Craig Brewer
Amazon/Paramount/New Republic (Eddie Murphy & Kevin Misher)
US 🇺🇸 2021
W: Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield
DP: Joe Williams
Ed: David S. Clark & Billy Fox
Mus: Jermaine Stegall
Eddie Murphy (King Akeem / various other characters), Arsenio Hall (Semmi / various other characters), Jermaine Fowler (Lavelle Junson), Leslie Jones (Mary Junson), Tracy Morgan (Reem Junson), KiKi Layne (Princess Meeka), Wesley Snipes (General Izzi), James Earl Jones (King Jaffe)
If a film doesn’t get a sequel for 33 years, then it’s a good sign that it didn’t need one in the first place. Coming To America didn’t need a sequel, certainly not one which recycles the plot from the first movie and relocates the story to the fictional African kingdom of Zamunda.
Eddie Murphy reprises his role as Akeem, now crowned king after the passing of his father, who briefly visits New York City to locate his illegitimate son and groom him for an arranged marriage to prevent a war with a bordering (fictional) country, Nextdoria. However, his son wants to find love on his own and falls for somebody else.
The humour is toned down from the original film to garner a more family-friendly age rating and, of course, some identity politics is crammed in for good measure because it’s a film released in the age of Twitter. In fairness, the feminist subplot isn’t a bad one, but it just seems to be there as an afterthought.
The film should really have been called Coming To Zamunda, since the brief scenes in America only feature for fan service and nostalgic purposes only, everything else is a boring, unfunny retread.