There’ll be no return to the coarse humour of the original in the upcoming Coming To America sequel, it seems.
With lavish praise being heaped on Eddie Murphy’s performance in the recently released (in the US) My Name is Dolemite, one of the reasons behind the film’s success was deemed to be the project’s commitment to an adult audience, an arena where Murphy has arguably enjoyed his greatest success. Critics have been hugely appreciative of Murphy’s return to foul-mouthed form with the word ‘renaissance’ being bandied about liberally.
Following a couple of decades where Murphy has stuck to kid-friendly fare, with mixed results, it is perhaps disappointing to some that the star has announced that the upcoming belated sequel to 1988’s Coming to America is going to be a PG-13 film. Despite reuniting much of the first film’s cast (and adding Wesley Snipes!) it seems the coarse adult tone of the original film won’t be returning.
In an interview with Cinemablend, Murphy discusses why so much of his content since 1999’s Life has been family-friendly, stating that his output has been shaped by wider Hollywood trends. With Dolemite’s universally positive reaction however, it’s a timely reminder that Murphy’s skills as an entertainer for adults are still sharp; sadly, it seems we won’t be seeing that side of his talents in 20202’s Coming 2 America. Also, where that leaves the mooted return to the Beverly Hills Cop series remains yet to be seen. More as we have it.
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