Coming 2 America is finally here, and despite doing that weird thing where you put a literal number inside the title, we’re quite looking forward to it. Coming to America came out in 1988, so it’s been … 33 years since the original comedy hit theaters? It’s a testament to the film’s success and cultural impact that anyone is interested in a sequel. Is it any good? Our reviewer Patrick Holland mostly liked it.
Coming 2 America was a sequel that was a long time coming — it was finally released more than 30 years after the original 1988 hit comedy. So it stands to reason that the long-awaited Coming to America sequel, which brings back Eddie Murphy and other original cast members, would have legions of nostalgic fans who would tune in when the film debuted on Amazon Prime Video last week. But even so, today’s news that Coming 2 America had the biggest debut of any streaming movie in the past year? That’s a bit hard to believe, but as is the case with all of these celebratory “ratings” stories, we have no actual numbers to back it up. So let’s roll out the royal red carpet for the movie that reportedly scored the “No. 1 opening weekend of any streaming movie in the past 12 months.”
Coming 2 America is directed by Craig Brewer, from Paramount Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures, and produced by Eddie Murphy Productions and Misher Films. The screenplay is written by Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein, and David Sheffield, with a story by Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield, and Justin Kanew, based on characters created by Eddie Murphy. The producers are Kevin Misher and Eddie Murphy, executive producers are Brian Oliver, Bradley Fischer, Valerii An, Kenya Barris, Charisse Hewitt-Webster, Michele Imperato Stabile, and Andy Berman.