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An extremely pampered African prince travels to Queens, New York and goes undercover to find a wife that he can respect for her intelligence and strong will.


  • Eddie Murphy
  • Arsenio Hall
  • John Amos
  • James Earl Jones
  • Shari Headley
  • Madge Sinclair
  • Eriq La Salle
  • Allison Dean
  • Paul Bates
  • Louie Anderson

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Coming to America is the filmic equivalent of using a Maserati to go to the corner grocery store — Murphy's colossal comic gifts and Landis' countercultural sensibilities are largely wasted, never pushed to the floor in this idling, curbed comedy.

Metacritic review by Duane Byrge
Duane Byrge
The Hollywood Reporter

Eddie Murphy does everything in this movie successfully. Coming To America remains his most personal work and a great argument that a movie can be decent and wholesome despite having enough profanity to make Bill Cosby lose sleep. A perfect argument for Eddie Murphy as decent guy even without the fame and fortune. Not that he's planning on giving it back though.

Metacritic review by Brad Laidman
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

Though Coming to America is a romantic comedy the director steers the film more often toward quick, in-and-out comic situations and gags that are only mildly funny. In part this is due to the fact that Mr. Murphy plays the prince with cheerful, low-keyed innocence that is completely legitimate, but is not supported by the short attention span of the screenplay. The romance is tepid.

Metacritic review by Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
The New York Times