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Coming to America

Eddie Murphy , Arsenio Hall , John Landis    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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Half of the characters in this 1988 John Landis potboiler seem to be played either by Eddie Murphy or costar Arsenio Hall, swaddled in elaborate Rick Baker makeup appliances that render them unrecognizable but also weirdly immobile. As a pampered African prince who journeys incognito to Queens, New York, to find a bride who will love him just for himself, Murphy manages to look smug and naive at the same time. There are enjoyable sequences of Murphy's Prince Akeem applying his lordly manner to his new job in a fast-food emporium, and falling for the boss's spirited daughter (Shari Headley), who teaches him how to party down, American style. But the fish-out-water premise is never fully exploited. Star spotters will have a field day locating Cuba Gooding Jr., Donna Summer, Louie Anderson, Vondie Curtis Hall, E.R.'s Eriq La Salle, and Samuel L. Jackson in their minuscule supporting roles. --David Chute

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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By B.A.A.
Coming to America is truly the creme de la creme of the comedic genre. I have watched this movie many times, and never can resist throwing my head back and laughing out loud in total glee. Sometimes I even admit to falling right off the couch in fits of laughter!
Murphy's principal role in the movie is that of Prince Akeem, with Arsenio Hall as his sidekick and personal servant Semi (though both play numerous other minor roles with the help of elaborate makeup to disguise the fact). Promised in marriage to a beautiful woman raised from birth to please him, Akeem finds himself dissatisfied with the very idea of an arranged marriage. He wants to select a wife with a mind of her own who loves him for himself.
Hence Akeem's decision to leave the kingdom of Zamunda to travel to America. Unaware of his son's true purpose for the trip, King Jaffre Jafur decrees that Akeem simply needs to take a trip to "sow his royal oats." James Earl Jones as the King, and Madge Sinclair as the Queen are hilarious in their roles as Akeem's parents.
Akeem and Semi leave their luxurious lifestyle in the palace behind and end up in Queens, NY, posing as "average Americn students." They secure jobs at a knockoff of McDonald's, owned by Mr. McDowell (engagingly portrayed to hilarious effect by John Amos) and his daughters Lisa and Patrice. Falling hard for the eldest daughter Lisa (Shari Headley), Akeem competes with her boyfriend, Darrell(Eric LaSalle), the arrogant, smooth talking heir to the "Soul Glo" hair product fortune, for her affections. The numerous conflicts and silly situations that stem from this will keep you in stitches.
Blessed with an EXCELLENT cast who each make the utmost of their roles (those mentioned previously, plus Samuel L.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "f*ck you, f*ck you, and f*ck you, who's next?" Feb. 9 2004
By Eric
Coming to America is without a shadow of a doubt a FUNNY and GREAT Eddie Murphy film. Eddie Murphy plays a African prince who is arranged to marry a woman, but he does not love this woman, so he goes to Queens to find his wife. Of course every character in this movie is either Eddie Murphy or Hall, including the old men in the barber shop. Now Eddie works in a rip-off of McDonalds called McDowells, and Eddie falls in love with the owner's daughter, but she is dating darell; a jerrycurl guy with good looks. Now Eddie wants to make sure that he lives poor, and he tries to live poor by moving into a poor Queens neighborhood and works at McDowells. Now he wants to convince McDowell's daughter without telling her that he is a prince. Then comes in his parents, and they want to know what happen to his son, now he must go back to Africa and get married. So as the movie moves along, it gets funnier and funnier and the movie is still funny after seeing it so many times. This is a classic, and very funny to watch over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about lmao!! Mr. Murphy's Finest Dec 27 2003
I should start out by saying that this is my all time favorite comedy. And on my top three movies list with Forrest Gump and Goodfellas.I don't even know where to start! It starts with Eddie Murphy asking his manservant (I suppose that's what he is) Oha "Since it is my 21st birthday, do you suppose I could use the bathroom alone?" Oha looks at him and says "Most amusing your highness." And that is when you know you have gotten yourself into something. It then goes to Eddie Murphy's obnoxious fiance who barks like a dog on command. And then, in New York, There are some very funny parts nut the things that always get me are the men at My T Sharp and Randy Watson. And also Reverend Brown. The special make up is unbelieveable. And the final joke about the spoon took me more than ten years to figure out. Some dunce, huh? But basically, it's your typical prince with a heart coming from a strict dad and he marries a commoner. But the thing is they fix it up so nice that you pay no attention the the basic story and fall in love with the charaters. James Earl Jones is king for crying out loud!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably Eddie Murphy's Best!!! June 5 2003
I have watched "Coming to America" so many times that I have memorized just about every line in the film. "Coming to America" has to be one of the funniest films ever made, and probably Eddie Murphy's best work!
The film revolves around a prince, who is set to marry his future queen now that he's turned 21. However, the prince has doubts because he doesn't quite believe that a person should have to learn to love their spouse. He decides that he would like to find his own bride, so he and his friend begin a quest to America to find his queen. They end up in Queens, New York where everything is different from what he's used to. One day the prince finally sees the lady of his dreams and sets out to make her his wife.
Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall play numerous hilarious characters throughout the film that will have you rolling on the ground laughing! I would highly recommend this film to anyone who would like to watch a film that you can never grow tired of and laugh at repeatedly!!! You won't be disappointed!!!
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When this movie first came out, I thought it was the greatest comedy I had ever seen. Indeed it has the rare blend of humor, engaging (if overt) plot, good writing, and a message. Furthermore, it was the first time that Eddie Murphy moved away from the slapstick crazy man antics that had made him famous, to a more serious toned (cerebral, if you will) humor. He did it again in an even better film, Boomerang, which did not fare so well with the critics but was also hailed as a masterwork by his true fans who understood that what Murphy had achieved in these two films was a truer, more refined good time than one can get with pratfalls, penis jokes, and funny faces. I watched these two films years after they were made and they still hold up as very funny, very deep, and thus in my book, very great. Try watching the Golden Child or Beverly Hills Cop 3 again and you'll see how great these two movies are. Here are some things to look for if you are watching Coming to America for the first time. (1) Arsenio as the preacher lusting after the beauty pageant contestants in his sermon: lots of great lines in his monologue, but the best is "Hugh Hefner-a, Larry Flint-a, they can take a picture-a, but only Goddddd-a can make it"--referring to the girls' bikini clad booties. (2) Eddie Murphy (in make-up) as the Jewish barber shop customer comparing Ali to Marciano. (3) The Prince and his bathers. (4) The McDonald's vs McDoogle's jokes. This film rocks big time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
One of Eddie Murphy's greatest films, I laughed from the start and continued laughing till the end, great comedy movie
Published 5 months ago by Pamela Ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This guy is another of my favorite actors. supposedly this movie did not do so well at the box office, but Eddie Murphy is really funny in it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leslie M. Sorensen
5.0 out of 5 stars why not
I loved this movie a lot so why not buying it since it is at such a low price! good
Published 7 months ago by simontouz
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever!
This movie is a 1980's classic! Eddie is amazing! I ordered this DVD at an amazing price from an amazing seller! Will order more in the future!
Published 13 months ago by Stickychicklet1978
5.0 out of 5 stars Zamunda never looked so good.
After reading this I hope that amazon will change its 20 words or more Policy. Hi. I tried to just press enter but no, I got to put in 20 words at least. Well here goes !! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andre Hebert
5.0 out of 5 stars COMING TO AMERICA
Published on Nov. 8 2012 by ANGELWINGS
5.0 out of 5 stars Confirmez moi la tack francaise svp.
Une personne a ce DVD et pourrai me confirmer qu'il y a bien une bande audio française?
Please confirm to me who this dvd have a audio track french?
Published on Oct. 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars F U N N Y
I love this movie. There is nothing I can complain about. This is Eddie Murphy at his Best. This is when Eddie and Arsenio was the BOMB. Every scene makes you laugh. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by C. BULLARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Relaxed Comedy
Coming to America cheerfully pokes fun at everything. There isn't really a meanspirited moment in the movie. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by J
4.0 out of 5 stars So Funny! You'll only want to see it 2 or 3 times though...
It's an Eddie Murphy movie, OF COARSE IT'S FUNNY! It's not his greatest work, but there are pleaty of good jokes and a tad of romance in there. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Zoe
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