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sequel slip-up Eddie Murphy’s second Coming to America misfires

The Verdict: A fun-free sequel - One star


Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy

Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy

Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy

Coming to America was a worldwide smash hit when it was released in 1988. Its star Eddie Murphy was a comedian at the top of his slapstick game and while the film received mixed reviews it was beloved among his fanbase.

John Landis’s film had a starry supporting cast including James Earl Jones and Arsenio Hall and made a mint at the box office – it banked over $300 million off a budget of $36 million.

This sequel is a complete misfire, packed with gross gags and without any of the charm of the original film. Murphy, now 59, lacks the expressive spark and knack for physical comedy that made him a star.

Gladys Knight, En Vogue, Salt & Pepa, and Morgan Freeman doing a version of his knack for narration that’s long been unfunny are among the pointless celebrity cameos.

In the original film, Murphy played Prince Akeem, the heir to a fictional African kingdom called Zamunda, but came to New York’s suburb of Queens to find love with an ordinary girl.

Here, he discovers he has a son following a one-night stand when he was stoned, who lives in Queens.

It’s vital that they track him down: King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones) is now an ailing monarch and with Akeem about to be king, the family believed they had no male heir.

For much of the time, Coming 2 America doesn’t feel like a movie at all, more like a series of jaded sketches used as an excuse to reference the original film. It’s a lazy movie and a painfully unfunny one.

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