Set roughly 30 years after the events of the first movie, Akeem is still Prince of Zamunda, but his father’s health is failing, and Akeem has no male heirs, which is a problem since the law states that only men can rule Zamunda. While his daughter Meeka is more than ready to be the next ruler of Zamunda, Akeem decides to side with tradition, which he’s able to do when he learns he has a bastard son from his trip to America thirty years prior. He, along with his pal Semmi, goes to retrieve the young man, Lavelle Junson, and bring him back to Zamunda to be the new prince, which Akeem hopes will cool tensions with Zamunda’s bellicose neighbor Nextdoria.
Director: Craig Brewer
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones
As story pick-ups go, this is a pretty good one, and if you liked/loved the original you’ll probably feel much the same way about this knockabout but likeable sequel directed by Craig Brewer, who also directed Murphy in the much-praised Dolemite Is My Name.
Just about every member of the original cast seems to return for at least a cameo. Wesley Snipes joins them as General Izzi and Murphy and Hall reprise their multiple supporting roles, My-T Sharp barbers included.
Coming 2 America is fine, not great but not bad.
Verdict: Worth the Home Popcorn