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Coming to America casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy's regal father (James Earl Jones) agrees to allow the prince 40 days to roam the U.S., sending the prince's faithful retainer Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing untoward happens. To avoid fortune hunters, Prince Akeem conceals his true identity and gets a "Joe job" at a fast-food restaurant. Murphy and Hall play multiple roles, and there are innumerable celebrity cameos peppered throughout the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The director is ... rather distracted; John Landis seems to be browsing through the scenes rather than gobbling them down."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"A screenplay that seems to have escaped its doctors before it was entirely well."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"...a worthy followup to Murphy and Landis' first collaboration, Trading Places."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The winning combination of Landis and Murphy redeems the very predictable storyline, which is chock-full of snappy one-liners and impressive caricatures by Murphy and Hall."
‑ , Film4
"[Landis] takes a very specific joy in the act of moviemaking and calls attention to it, placing it at a level above the romantic story."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Starts on a bathroom joke, quickly followed by a gag about private parts, then wanders in search of something equally original for Eddie Murphy to do for another couple of hours."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The main pleasure in America comes in the romancing of prince and pauper. But the comedy is a mere handmaiden."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Silly, curse-happy '80s Eddie Murphy vehicle."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"very funny and shows Eddie Murphy in his prime"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"so brilliant, it almost makes up for The Golden Child."
‑ Eric Meyerson,
"Superb comic timing, a satirical edge, and Murphy's extraordinary gift for mimicry lift it right out of the trough of mediocrity to which it is all but consigned by its utterly predictable storyline."
‑ , Time Out
"In Landis' hands, the film doesn't live up to even the meagerest of expectations."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Murphy gives his sweetest, most touching, and most genuinely likable performance to date, playing a character who embraces society instead of holding it in contempt."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Not only a great comedic effort but Eddie Murphy's best romantic film as well."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"Eddie Murphy does everything in this movie successfully, which was probably a bad idea because it made him think that he could write and direct Harlem Nights..."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
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