Coming to America, 1988
Hey there! Today on this week’s all new episode of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers, Dion Baia and J. Blake are ringing in another anniversary, celebrating an iconic comedy classic that is turning 30, which set the bar. The fellas are talking Eddie Murphy‘s creation Coming to America, directed by John Landis, from 1988.
Blake and Dion unpack this quintessential cult classic, discussing the collaboration between Eddie Murphy and John Landis, and history of both men leading up to this epic and the confrontation that occured between the two on set. The boys also analyze the dirty comedy and R-rated moments within the story, and question how today’s audiences might react to some of the racy situations. Well, come and pull up a chair as the fellas follow proper royalty as they travel from their native Zamunda, Africa, all the way to Queens, New York circa 1988 in search for love, in an all new and exciting installment of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers! Also a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Green Chef!
Check out the original trailer, which includes scenes not in the theatrical cut.
Have a look at this rare interviews of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in 1989 while doing press for Coming to America.
Take a look at Eddie Murphy talking about Coming to America with Arsenio Hall on the show BIO, on Biography.
And as promised, here’s That’s My Mama!
And of course, the infamous Coming to America TV pilot, starring Tommy Davidson.
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A CLASSIC! I’m with you guys in that I remember watching this when I was very young on cable knowing I wasn’t supposed to be watching it, but I ended up loving it. I didn’t get all the jokes but the ones I did were hilarious, especially when Akeem is on the fire escape shouting good morning.
When you guys mentioned the show “That’s My Mama” I got it confused with that old Mad TV sketch “That’s My White Mama” and that brought back some funny memories.
The scene where Akeem and Lisa are on the train, the stop Lisa gets off at and the old lady says she’ll marry him, that’s the stop in Queens where my job is. I take that train every morning to Sutphin Blvd. It’s crazy to see how it kind of looks the same…kind of.
Lastly, good to know someone else enjoys the movie Oscar. That’s a staple between me, my sisters and my mom. They quote it more than I do.
Ha! Hey Jose! That’s so cool you see that subway station everyday. And how stuff really doesn’t change. Where I work in midtown, looks exactly the same to the 70s cinema and tv I see it show up in (I LOVE seeing that stuff ha). Yeah, such a classic film. So many good memories. Thanks Jose, and as always, thanks for stopping by and dropping a line. You da man. -Dion