‘Coming To America’ Sequel To Be Rated PG-13
The Coming 2 America, the sequel to the comedy film Coming to America from 1988 will be rated PG-13. This came as a surprise to many fans of the first film, as the original Coming to America had an R-rating when it came out, and was an extremely raunchy film that nearly pushed the R-rating to its limit. However, with the lower rating, it is likely that the second film will be less vulgar and much more toned down compared to the original Coming to America movie.
Coming to America was originally directed by John Landis and starred Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem Joffer, a kindhearted pampered prince who has grown tired of having his servants do everything for him. When his his father King Jaffe (James Earl Jones) announces that he had arranged a marriage for him, Akeem travels with his best friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to New York City to find a woman that he can marry for love. The rest of the film showcases Akeem and Semmi adapting to a lower-class lifestyle during their temporary stay, meeting various different characters (most of whom are played by Murphy and Hall), and working at a restaurant called McDowell’s, a blatant rip-off of McDonald’s where Akeem meets his love interest Lisa (Shari Headley). The second film revolves around Akeem retuning to New York in hopes finding his long lost son after his father passes away. Akeem’s son will be portrayed by Jermaine Fowler while his one-night stand will be portrayed by Leslie Jones. Almost every major character from the first film will return, except for Eriq La Salle as Darryl Jenks due to the actor apparently not being asked and Madge Sinclair as Akeem’s mother Queen Aoleon Joffer due to her death in 1995.
Many fans are nervous about the film’s rating being lowered to PG-13, due to the fact that Murphy normally succeeds at comedy when he is starring in an R-rated film, fearing that the humor may not be able to live up to its full potential.
Regardless of its rating, fans can still look forward to seeing Coming 2 America on March 5 on the streaming service Amazon Prime Video.