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From left: Arsenio Hall repeats his role as Semmi and Eddie Murphy repeats his role as Prince Akeem Courtesy of Prime Video

From left: Arsenio Hall repeats his role as Semmi and Eddie Murphy repeats his role as Prince Akeem Courtesy of Prime Video

Coming 2 America is another comedy sequel in a series of terrifying twos (Zoolander No. 2, Dumb and Dumber To, and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot) that is frustratingly bad

The highly anticipated sequel to the original 1988 film brings the action back to Queens, New York Well, just for a little bit, there’s little movement between a barber shop, church, and royal home in the African country of Zamunda (a.k.a rapper Rick Ross ‘Villa in Atlanta) The film was pre-COVID packaged, but it looks like it was made with limited sources, the green screen polish and most of the interiors don’t expand the world in exciting ways

The conspiracy involves the newly appointed King of Zamunda, Akeem (Eddie Murphy), who faces a potential military coup led by Wesley Snipes’ General Izzi. To stop the takeover, Akeem and his confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) returned to the States to find Akeem’s long-lost male heir (Jermaine Fowler)

Apart from KiKi Layne’s appearance as Akeem’s daughter and some wonderfully designed costumes (by Ruth E Carter), the second coming doesn’t have much going for it, it’s remarkable how uncomfortable and pointless it is you can feel the charm and originality wear off within minutes instead of showing high quality gags like Akeem learning to fish from the Swiping or navigating water history, Akeem’s son tries to strip off an African lion’s whiskers to prove his worth as a prince

From left: Jermaine Fowler as Lavelle Junson, Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, and Tracy Morgan as Uncle Reem in ‘Coming 2 America,’ Courtesy of Prime Video

From left: Mary Junson (Leslie Jones) and her son Lavelle meet Lavelle’s father Prince Akeem in ‘Coming 2 America,’ Courtesy of Prime Video

From left: General Izzi (Wesley Snipes) hopes to topple Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) in ‘Coming 2 America’ photos courtesy of Prime Video

From left: Jermaine Fowler as Lavelle Junson, Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, and Tracy Morgan as Uncle Reem in ‘Coming 2 America,’ Courtesy of Prime Video

From left: Mary Junson (Leslie Jones) and her son Lavelle meet Lavelle’s father Prince Akeem in ‘Coming 2 America,’ Courtesy of Prime Video

From left: General Izzi (Wesley Snipes) hopes to topple Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) in ‘Coming 2 America’ photos courtesy of Prime Video

The culture doesn’t feel real enough to warrant laughter or emotional connections, and the familiar faces are being pushed into the background in favor of new characters who don’t live up to the kinetics of the original players, so keeping the spirit of the original movie wrong is a big job and this new entry is far from wearing a crown

Stick to the original Coming to America or check out the other (better) comedy by Craig Brewer: Dolemite is My Name

PRESTON BARTA is a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Read his work on FreshFiction TV here and on RottenTomatoescom Follow him on Twitter at @PrestonBarta

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