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I went into Coming to America with huge expectation as three other John Landis films (Blues Brother, American Werewolf in London and Trading Places) rank very highly in my all time list. I also have a huge appreciation for Eddie Murphy – pre-Shrek – so the film filled with a sense of excitement.

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And I was not disappointed, Coming To America is everything you would expect from a late 80’s comedy a mix of puns, slapstick and satire that is entertaining throughout and keeps the jokes coming at a constant pace. Eddie Murphy playing the young Zambudian prince is fantastic as he struggles to adapt to the American way of life – he showcases some of the finest physical comedy in his reactions to some true comic situations.


What’s great about this film is that its not fancy – it doesn’t work too hard for the jokes, the come from the situation itself and the characters reactions to that and it was a refreshing comedy to see. The film also contains a small cameo from Samuel L. Jackson who does exactly what’s expected shouts and swears.

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Story – 4/5

Style – 3/5

Technical – 4/5

Enjoyment – 5/5

Total: 16/20 = 8/10