First Glance: “Coming 2 America”


It’s hard to believe it’s been thirty-three years since Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall let loose in “Coming to America”. That John Landis comedy was a surprise hit that ended up being 1998’s third highest grossing film at the US box office. Over the years it has maintained its legions of fans mainly due to the great comic chemistry between Murphy and Hall. The two played an assortment of unforgettable side characters from so-bad-he’s-good singer Randy Watson, Clarence the barber, Reverend Brown, and several more.

But now get to “Coming 2 America” which last week released a brand-new trailer. This long talked about sequel sees Murphy’s Prince Akeem of Zamunda returning to New York City with his lifelong best friend and perpetual pot-stirrer Semmi (Hall) to find the son he didn’t know he had, a street-wise kid from Queens named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler). Akeem takes his son back to Zamunda to teach him the royal ways, flipping the culture clash element that made the first film so much fun. The awesome supporting cast from the first film return along with some fresh faces. The storyline opens up some big questions and capturing the laugh-out-loud humor of the first film will be tough. Can it deliver like its predecessor? I don’t know but we’ll soon see.

“Coming 2 America” premieres March 5th on Amazon Prime. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

15 thoughts on “First Glance: “Coming 2 America”

      • Oh yes, I saw it when it came out and several times. It’s a funny movie and it looks like a fun way to do a sequel, where the son goes to a place where he’s royalty. I wonder how they will resolve the situation with the queen-to-be having prepared for the position all her life vs. the American kid with no cultivation taking the spot by virtue of his gender.

      • Not sure. It also seems like a pretty big stretch to say he “sowed his royal oats” and had a kid in Queens when a big part of the first film was that he didn’t want to do that. He was looking for a woman who would love him for who he was inside. Hmmm.


    Are you sure you want to go to Queens? A couple of rich fellas like you should be in Manhattan. Stay at the Waldorf or the Palace.

    The Palace sounds nice, take us there.

    NO! I want Queens and we’re not rich. We’re ordinary African students.

    Whatever you say… What part of Queens you to go to?

    Take us to the most common part.

    That’s easy, if there’s one thing Queens has a lot of. Common parts.

    What does dumb-fuck mean?

    Shitty enough for you?


    I am looking forward to the sequel. I don’t know if it will be quotable as the original but I’m eager for a laugh. I just love that film. It’s a staple in the family.

    Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Eddie Murphy. Those were our people in the 80s and if it’s a classic film of theirs is on TV… we stop whatever we doing and watch.

    • I remember all of them well. And while not all of their films were good, it was always great to see them on screen. I swear today’s “comedy” doesn’t compare.

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