Perhaps you are too young to remember, or maybe you were simply living under a rock, but Eddie Murphy was once the the biggest star in Hollywood, and his film Coming to America, is just an example of how talented he is. The film follows Akeem Joffer, played by Murphy, who is the crown prince of the African Nation Zamunda. Disconcerted by his impending arranged marriage, Akeem and his trusty minion Semmi, travel to Queens, NYC to find Akeem the woman of his dreams. If you’ve never seen the film, and were confused by the Carter-Knowles’ Halloween costumes, or if you simply need a refresher, here are 10 reasons why you need to stop everything and watch Coming to America.
1. This epic serenade!
Akeem’s servant Ohan bellows out this stunning piece of music as Akeem and the entire kingdom await his betrothed’s grand entrance.
2. When Akeem decides his “Queen to Be” just won’t do.
She LITERALLY does everything he asks, including hopping on one foot, barking like a dog, and howling like an orangutan. Akeem is unable. Instead, he decides to venture to America to ind a woman he actually clicks with..
3. Akeem’s epic cab hailing skills.
4. When Akeem and Semmi decided to blend is as “normal African students”
“Take us to Queens at once!”
5. Everything about the “My-T-Sharp” Barbershop
The barbershop scenes are even more hilarious because Eddie Murphy plays two of the men in the shop while Arsenio Hall is the other two.
6. The Soul Glo commercial.
JUST LET YOUR SOUL GLOOOOOOOO! One of the running jokes in the film has to do with this ridiculous jheri curl hair solution. It even leaves huge greasy marks on couches.
7. When the guys got a lot more than they bargained for on their first night out.
It’s hard out here for a Prince.
8. Randy Watson and his band Sexual Chocolate
It’s so terrible that it’s good. Try to watch this without crying with laughter, it’s Eddie Murphy at his best.
“Freeze you diseased rhinoceros pizzle!”
Coming to America, launched Sam Jackson’s career.
10. And finally, Reverend Good and his antics.
Seriously, if you haven’t seen Coming to America or if you’re just in need of a good laugh, head over to Netflix to stream the film ASAP.
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