REVIEW: Coming 2 America


33 years on and the long-awaited sequel to the iconic comedy Coming to America is now streaming worldwide in over 240 countries and territories on Amazon Prime Video. 

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, Coming 2 America begins as the newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) are forced to embark on an adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation back to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.

Original cast favourites from Coming to America return including King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones), Queen Lisa (Shari Headley), Cleo McDowell (John Amos), Maurice (Louie Anderson) and the motley barbershop crew.

Joining this star-studded ensemble are Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha and Teyana Taylor.

Photo: Quantrell D. Colbert © 2020 Paramount Pictures

American rapper Rick Ross’ Georgia estate was used as a filming location for Coming 2 America. The home sits on 235 acres of land located in Fayetteville with a whopping 109 rooms in total, including 12 bedrooms, a bowling alley, a cinema with a capacity of over 100 and a 35,000-gallon pool!

With a cavalcade of cameos and some super suprises Coming 2 America has all the bad jokes and quirks of the original and I loved it!

Coming 2 America gets ★★★★★

The original Coming to America opened in theatres in 1988 to become a box office sensation achieving over $288 million in total worldwide box office gross. Beyond its financial success, the film was a cultural zeitgeist that was not only timeless but also a proudly celebrated American comedy, making the film a go-to classic across generations. The memorable characters and relatable story of a fish-out-of-water connected audiences around the world, which is why fans have made it a repeat-viewing over the years.