Cinema: The Taming of Eddie Murphy COMING TO AMERICA

Directed by John Landis Screenplay by David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein

Akeem, Crown Prince of mythical Zamunda, is in most respects a splendid young fellow: nice looking, well-spoken, equable and compassionate in spirit. His only deficiency is a certain literalness when it comes to geography: he thinks the logical place to look for a future queen is a place named Queens. You know -- the New York City borough you try to drive through without stopping on the way into Manhattan from the airport.

As a premise for propagating the royal line in a benign African monarchy, it is as farfetched as it is far-darting. As an excuse for propagating a few...

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