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1980s, Comedy - Romantic

Coming to America (1988)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screen play
Writer/s Script David Sheffield, Barry W Blaustein
Writer/s Story Eddie Murphy – although the producers were sued by Art Buchwald who claimed that it was a rehash of a script which had been optioned by Paramount. He won.
Director John Landis
Starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley, Samuel L Jackson, Don Ameche, Ralph Bellamy, Cuba Gooding Jr
Elevator Pitch The crown prince of an African state , who is destined to be married to a girl he does not know, decides to go to New York in order to find his true love. Once there he and his servant find work in a rip-off of MacDonald’s in Queens, and he falls for the owner’s daughter, but as always the path of true love does not run smooth.
Content A lot of fun scenes in the African state, including brief female nudity, followed by the guys finding a dump to live in, and then scenes of them cleaning up in the burger bar. Gossip in a barber’s shop (with the stars taking on other roles). A bit of smooching and one implied sexual act. Some social drinking, no drugs.
A View I found the barber’s shop scenes a bit irritating, but otherwise good fun. There is a scene of Concord in flight, genuinely awesome. It got positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, a major success for a comedy, and made a fortune. There may be going to be a sequel (2017). So worth a view even now.

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