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Coming to America [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DKLBZE

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Excellent 80's comedy, Eddie Murphy at his best as several characters in the movie, also Arsenio Hall puts in a stellar performance as more than one character. A rags to riches story in reverse with Eddie's quick hilarious responses and one liners. Eddie acts as Prince Akeem of Zamunda, not satisfied with being forced into marriage by his father King Joffi Jaffer played by the excellent James Earl Jones Prince Akeem wants to make his own choices with hilarious results.
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This is an absolute comedy classic and a must have for anyone's DVD collection! The humour is very discrete and will leave you chuckling throughout the movie (rather than bursting out with laughter), which is perfect - as it keeps the storyline remaining very realistic, and with constant cheesy jokes (like with many other films from the time) I don't think it would have been. Luckily a lovely balance is struck here, and viewers will acknowledge both the humorous nature of the film as well as the realistic messages about love, possessions and class divisions that it portrays. The formidible features of this movie far outweight the questionable features, but if/when you buy this movie, you will notice that the ending was rather hurried - I don't want to spoil the ending for you so I won't point it out here, but you will certainly be scratching your head a bit at the end. I found that another questionable feature was the soundtrack. The African music played at the weddings and whenever the King was about was excellent, but as soon as they get to Queens, horrible 80's pop tunes start blurting out! This was obviously to attract the mainly white audience of the 80's comedy scene into enjoying the film, but it was dissapointing because it wasn't realistic; I don't think any of us associate the roughest areas of Queens in 1988 with pop music! But despite these flaws, the acting is wonderful and the plot gels in perfectly... a wonderful film!
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Coming to America is directed by John Landis and adapted to screenplay by David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein from a story originally created by Art Buchwald. It stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos. Music is scored by Nile Rodgers and cinematography by Sol Negrin and Woody Omens. Plot finds Murphy as Akeem Joffer, an African prince who comes to the United States in the hope of finding a good woman he can marry.

Released at a time when Eddie Murphy was ruling the 80s, Coming to America proves to be viable material for Murphy's talents. That's not to say it's a great film, a good one? Debatable now, and it was for sure a success at the box office, but it feels like a lazy excuse for some one liners and the picture hangs on a flimsy premise thread. As a whole it barely works as a romantic comedy (in fact the romance is distinctly tepid), but as a series of comedy set-ups for Murphy and Arsenio it does entertain the nostalgists and those who like immature gags. You do feel that with director Landis stating that Murphy was a pain on set-that Eddie had lost the zest and the willingness to learn that he had on Trading Places five years earlier, that Murphy didn't let Landis produce the picture the director originally envisaged.

No doubt about it, I liked the film much better back in the day, back then the fish out of water comedy hadn't been done to death, and of course Murphy was still coasting in on the wave of charismatic success, which to myself and many others was enough to warrant being in his company.
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Worth checking out again if you can get this great Eddie comedy classic on blu ray at a budget price. It's a lovely transfer which'll enhance your viewing from that old VHS where you may have seen it last.
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It`s not the multiple characters that make it work for me, thats just a gimmick and i hated The Klumps! This is a John Landis movie and although far from his best, still well worth a look. 3 1/2 stars.
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hate to sound like stuck record,but again funny film,eddie murphy younger days,complete nutter,dont know where he gets energy,luv his old stuff ie beverly hills cop.u wanna doof the soul glow dudewell funny
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After several years of starring in rowdy action comedies and con man capers, Eddie Murphy gets a chance to deliver a more restrained performance with this film and he manages to do so very well. Murphy portrays Akeem, an African prince who is being pressured into a forced marriage by his parents (James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair). The woman that they have chosen for him only sees him for his royalty and therefore does not really love him. Akeem sees this right away and brings his loyal servant, Semi (Arsenio Hall) along with him on a discreet mission to America where Akeem hopes to find a beautiful woman who will love him and accept him for who he really is and not just see him for his royalty. Posing as "common folk", Akeem and Semi get jobs at a McDonald's style restaurant and Akeem soon falls for the daughter (Shari Headley) of the restaurant's owner (John Amos). The film features many hilarious scenes and characters especially a group of boxing obsessed senior citizens who spend their days arguing with a barber shop owner. Murphy and Hall demonstrate their levels of versatility by managing to go under heavy makeup and portray several different costarring roles. Yet another example of why Murphy is one of the funniest actors in recent Hollywood history.
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