Do you know what the problem is with comedy sequels. Diminished returns. Caddyshack 2. The Hangover 2. Suckville. Add 30 plus years to that and we arrive at Coming 2 America. The long in development sequel to the Eddie Murphy comedy classic, Coming To America.
The film is directed by Craig Brewerfrom a screenplay by Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein, and David Sheffield, and a story by Blaustein, Sheffield, and Justin Kanew, based on characters created by Murphy. It is the second installment in the Coming to America film series, and stars Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, Teyana Taylor, Wesley Snipes, and James Earl Jones.
On the 30th anniversary of his wedding with Lisa McDowell, Prince Akeem of Zamunda is summoned before his dying father, King Jaffe Joffer. Jaffe and his shaman Baba reveal to a baffled Akeem that he has sired a son during his first visit in Queens, New Yorkafter Semmi had enticed two women into spending the night with them while Akeem was still searching for his future queen. One of them drugged Akeem, resulting in a tryst he did not remember; and since Zamundian tradition demands that only a male successor can inherit the throne, and Lisa has borne only daughters, Akeem is forced to travel back to Queens to retrieve his son or else face a violent takeover by Zamunda’s militaristic neighbor nation Nextdoria, whose dictator, General Izzi, has repeatedly tried to push Akeem into marrying his eldest daughter Meeka to his foppish son, Idi.
The sequel retreads a lot of the original’s old jokes garnering fewer laughs. However, Murphy’s charm and newcomer, Fowler, helps keep the film from being a complete disaster.
Don’t get me wrong, the film does have some pretty decent laughs but it’s ultimately a shell of the original film.
With that said, HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience gives Coming 2 America a slight recommend.