Tuesday Movie Matinée: “Coming to America” (1988)
Coming to America is a 1988 American romantic comedy film starring Eddie Murphy as an African prince who travels to New York to find a wife. The film is directed by John Landis and co-written by Murphy, David Sheffield, and Barry W. Blaustein. The film also features Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos in supporting roles. The film is a hilarious and heartwarming story of culture clash, romance, and identity, as Prince Akeem of Zamunda disguises himself as a poor foreign student and works at a fast-food restaurant called McDowell’s, where he falls in love with the owner’s daughter, Lisa. The film is full of memorable scenes, such as the barbershop quartet, the Soul Glo commercial, the royal bath, and the wedding ceremony. The film is also notable for Murphy and Hall playing multiple characters, using prosthetic makeup and different accents. The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences and was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Makeup and Best Costume Design. The film is considered one of the best comedy films of the 1980s and of all time and has a cult following among fans. A sequel, Coming 2 America, was released in 2021, featuring most of the original cast and some new additions. Coming to America is a film that celebrates the power of love, humor, and diversity.
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Time: 4:30-7:00 pm EST