If a wealthy African prince wishes to find a bride in the West, where better to start than in the down-at-heel neighbourhood of Queens, New York? Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones star in Coming to America, a hilarious fish-out-of-water romantic comedy from the director of The Blues Brothers and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
This will be our second date at the Deptford Lounge – home of cinematic guilty pleasures – following our raucous, giggly Purple Rain singalong in March.
The film will be introduced by Samuel Joshua Mwangalada, a poet and academic from Dar es Balaam, Tanzania. Samuel is currently writing ‘Coming to Africa’, a research paper on cross cultural values within Coming to America. His latest book ‘Every Minute and other poems’ is published later this year. UPDATE 6/4/12 – unfortunately Samuel had transport problems and couldn’t make it to the screening in time.
♥♥♥♥1/2 “A king of comedy.” MANILOVEFILMS
★★★★ “Flat-out funny.” FILMCRITIC.COM
★★★ “Motormouth Murphy is perfectly cast as the prince (as well as hilariously-drawn minor roles), whilst Arsenio Hall does a superb job as his wing-man. Keeps you laughing not with its originality but with its confidence to out-joke its predecessors on this much-trodden ground.” EMPIRE
“The critics are wrong, this movie was GREAT. So many classic lines and absolutely hilarious, Eddie Murphy’s best.” METACRITIC
- The cinematic portrayals of African immigrants in movies
- Uplift the Race! Coming to America, Do the Right Thing and the poetics and politics of ‘Othering’
Here’s what the audience had to say last time we were at the Deptford Lounge – for our PURPLE RAIN singalong…