Parents' Guide to

Coming 2 America

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Murphy still rules in hilarious but suggestive sequel.

Movie PG-13 2021 104 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+

Great to see McDowell's and the gang

A much anticipated sequel and very uneven. The film reeks of homage (this is not negative). All of the actors know what this is and are all on board to have a big fun ride. Some jokes do not just fall flat but plummet terribly, but overall we all know why we are there, because we all loved the original and have fond memories of McDowell's and the gang. I do not think the film disappoints as much as reminds us of the power of remembering something fondly from our youth.
age 18+

Inappropriate Language

I was surprised to see this film was PG 13...my husband and I started watching it since we were fans of the first Coming To America, but we hardly got through 15 minutes. The first one had more wholesome elements to it, this one... not. It had very inappropriate language and innuendos, and I would not let my child watch it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (10 ):

A few more wrinkles may crease their faces, but Akeem and Semmi haven't lost a single step in this laugh-out-loud sequel. The story flows like a babbling brook: It's nicely paced, it's gorgeous to look at, and it's music to the ears, at least for fans of the characters and the original. The comedy is a true accomplishment: There's quite a bit of business to take care of while also telling a fresh story, and less adept writers could get mired in the details. Almost all of the characters from the original movie appear, even if just for a moment, and all are given their moment so as to satisfy the audience's desire to know: Where are they now? At the same time, the film meets and exceeds the grandiosity, the pageantry, and the phenomenally creative and colorful costumes from the original (can we just hand costumer designer Ruth E. Carter an Oscar now?).

The reteaming of Murphy and Hall is absolutely delightful -- especially the winks to Murphy's other iconic roles. And the new characters in Coming 2 America are equally dynamite. In the latter part of his career, Murphy and director Craig Brewer's Dolemite Is My Name cast mate Wesley Snipes proves his creative range to be wickedly masterful. As General Izzi of Nexdoria, he's believably villainous while remaining hilarious. Hall hasn't lost his touch, either; he's unrecognizable as a new character: Baba, a wise shaman who is taken aback by the nonsense surrounding him. Murphy pulls in actors from the SNL roster to fill out the cast, and while Morgan and Jost are both spot-on, the scene stealer is Leslie Jones as Lavelle's no-filter mother. Expect this sequel to find as many fans as the original, if not more.

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