Funny, but no match for original

Running time: 110 minutes. Rated PG-13 (crude and sexual content material, language and drug content material). On Amazon Prime.

A sequel to Eddie Murphy’s basic comedy “Coming to America” was all the time going to be a tall order. The glorious 1988 movie featured a outstanding ensemble of well-known actors of their prime, and as we speak die-hard followers can recite these jokes like Bible passages.

“Good morning, my neighbors!”

“Hey, f – – okay you!”

“F – – okay you, too!” Gold.

That persevering with devotion might be why”Coming 2 America” darn close to copies its predecessor, all the way down to particular cherished bits: engaging royal servants rising from the tub, Fresh Peaches the rapper, an organized marriage the place the bride-to-be’s favourite meals is “no matter you want.” It’s all right here in director Craig Brewer’s film, for higher or worse.

And the repetition does not finish there. The comedy is as soon as once more a couple of fish-out-of-water man dealing with a dilemma about his future. But as an alternative of Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) jetting off to Queens, this time a son he didn’t know existed, Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler), flies from the New York borough to Zamunda, lastly giving Akeem a male inheritor.

The prince has a number of daughters, but the legal guidelines of Zamunda prohibit the nation from having a feminine chief, resulting in a feminist subplot. They’re actually gonna make Lavelle, a Madison Square Garden ticket scalper, king over achieved ladies?

The finest laughs belong to the enthusiastic, easy-to-love Fowler, whose character was working his sleazy commerce for his uncle (Tracy Morgan), and particularly the ingenious Leslie Jones, who performs his mother Mary. On her first night time within the palace, she is perplexed by what’s for dinner.

“Is anyone gonna say me why these mashed potatoes are black?,” she says.

“It’s caviar,” responds Lisa, nonetheless performed by Shari Headley.

Jones pounces. “You know, my cousin’s named that!”

Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem discovers he has a long-lost American son (Jermaine Fowler) in “Coming 2 America.”
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Akeem plans to marry his new son off to the daughter of an opportunistic rival (Wesley Snipes), but Lavelle begins to fall for a wise, forward-thinking palace worker as an alternative. Wherever may they’ve gotten these completely new concepts?

Even with the retreads and overabundance of nostalgia, there’s lots of pleasure in seeing so many beloved characters again collectively. Murphy and Arsenio Hall, who ought to work excess of he does, are nonetheless magic because the My-T-Sharp barbershop guys, the band Sexual Chocolate and the sensual preacher. Also again are James Earl Jones,Louie Anderson and John Amos, amongst many others.

But a cheerful reunion cannot re-create the original’s spark, innocence and masterful comedy.

You simply cannot compete with the 1988 movie’s core setup: an African prince clumsily attempting to go as an NYC scholar. Remember when Akeem and Semmi first arrive at their disgusting Queens house and Murphy smiles broadly on the disgusting rat working round? It’s counterintuitive — and humorous — for the wealthy and highly effective to come back all the way down to our pathetic stage. Rags to riches tales, just like the sequel, are rather more acquainted and subsequently much less hilarious.

After watching all of the ritzy Zamunda palace antics, I wished to hop in a cab and say, “Take me to the commonest a part of Queens!”



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