Coming 2 America [2021] ★½

It took Eddie Murphy and co 30 years to cook-up a sequel to the 1988 cult classic “Coming To America”. Was it worth the wait and the hype? Quite frankly, no. This is a tedious sequel, the kind that shouldn’t even exist in the first place. No one was expecting Shakespeare, but even nostalgia couldn’t save this film from being a complete misfire. It’s been three decades since African monarch Akeem (Murphy) visited America in search of love. Now he’s about to learn that he has a long-lost son and must travel back to Queens to bring him home. There isn’t much going on here, and most of the jokes fall flat. Even the flashback sequences from the first film feel forced and unnecessary. I don’t know what they were hoping to achieve with this sequel, but it feels like a reunion rather than a feature film. Sadly, I couldn’t wait for it to end. “Coming 2 America” is the first real disappointment of the year.

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