A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
You're greater than how society perceives you. The older male characters learn that respecting women isn't enough: Females have equal potential to be great leaders, warriors, business owners. No one should be held back because of gender.
Positive Role Models
Positive representation of Black characters; Black culture is celebrated (some aspects, such as barbershops, are also playfully parodied/riffed on). Women are strong, intelligent, skilled, have leadership skills.
Violence & Scariness
An African general is comically flanked by soldiers carrying assault rifles and is pictured against a wall of them, but they're never used. Scuffle during an attempted kidnapping.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A comedic sex scene during which characters are completely clothed. Suggestive humor, including the return of the Royal Bathers and implication of just how thoroughly they clean. Jokes about breasts and genitals. Very sexual lyrics. Sexual banter and come-ons. Kissing.
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Strong language includes "ass," "balls," "bitch," "bulls--t," "hell," "nut sack," "s--t," "shut up," "sucks," and "t-tties." Running joke includes repeated use of word "bastard" to describe a child born out of wedlock.
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Products & Purchases
Cleo McDowell's restaurant highlights its partnership with Pepsi, and rival McDonald's gets humorous attention. A Bulgari necklace is depicted in a positive, luxurious way and is likely product placement. Alcohol brands Crown Royale and Ciroq are mentioned by name. Tesla is used as a punch line.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke pot, with consequences. Characters drink in celebration; two bond by getting drunk together. Flashback to the bar scene from the original film. Joke about a rich White man going to rehab in the past, mentioning two drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Coming 2 America is the hilarious sequel to the 1988 comedy classic Coming to America. Both star Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem of the fictional African country of Zamunda. This movie circles back to all of the fan-favorite elements of the first one -- which means that if you want to watch it with your teens, they should probably see the R-rated original first. If you do, you'll likely find the content in this tamer refresh less worrisome. But know that sexual innuendo is laid on pretty thick, including flashing back to when Akeem unknowingly impregnated a woman (it's clear they have sex, but there's no nudity). The Royal Bathers are back, along with the suggestion of the very thorough job they do while cleaning. A consequential scene shows a less regal character smoking pot, characters get drunk, and there's a brief reference to past drug use by an unlikable character. Language is moderate (especially compared to the previous film) but includes "bitch" and "s--t." The original's message about respecting women and following your own path continues, but with an acknowledgment that the first film -- and Murphy and his generation -- didn't quite take those ideas far enough. The movie also plays on the idea that we're all capable of great things, no matter our origins. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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