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.