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Coming to America

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Silly 1980s Eddie Murphy comedy; cursing, sex, misogyny.

Movie R 1988 114 minutes
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Despite some sexist aspects, this film comes through as a funny trip back to the comedy stylings of 1988. Everything about Coming to America is fairly predictable, but it has its moments -- Murphy and Hall play multiple roles in the movie, and certainly Murphy was in his prime. Some sexist and lurid overtones are cringeworthy, but that's small potatoes compared to the fat-suited Murphy in The Nutty Professor or Norbit. While women are often shown as sex objects or submissive servants here, the female lead is hardworking and good at her job, and she doesn't get taken in by the manipulative behavior of the men around her. Akeem's mother, the queen (Madge Sinclair), doesn't stand idly by when her husband makes bad decisions. Akeem wants to learn how to be responsible for himself. Black characters run countries and own businesses. And, in some of the funniest scenes in the movie, Murphy and Hall parody aspects of African American culture, including barber shops and religious functions.

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