Coming to America,
released in 1988, starred Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem
Joffer, Arsenio Hall as Semmi,
and James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer. The
movie received mixed reviews, but was still as success
at the box office. It is worth mentioning that CBS
created a pilot TV show based on the movie, but it was
ultimately dropped from syndication.
spoiled African Prince, Akeem (Murphy), is to be wed to an African
princess on the bequest of his father (Jones).
Already unhappy with his pampered life, and not
sure about the arranged marriage, Akeem comes up with a
plan to travel to the United States, in disguise, to
find an American woman to love him for who he is on the
inside, and not based on his royal heritage.
Passing themselves off as students, Akeem and Semmi take
up residence in Queens, New York, and get jobs at a fast
food restaurant ran owned by the McDowells (who happen
to have two daughters, Lisa and Patrice).
Akeem falls in love with Lisa, and the
rest of the movie mostly revolves around Akeem's
attempts to win her hand in marriage, much to the
chagrin of Lisa's boyfriend. After winning Lisa's
attentions, Akeem begins giving away his money, and when
Semmi can no longer living like a pauper, he contacts
the King and Queen, who travel to the USA and expose who
Akeem really is. Lisa calls of the wedding, and
Akeem travels back to his country dejected. While
going through what he thought was the arranged marriage,
at the alter, Akeem is happy to find that the
bride-to-be was not the arrangement, but instead Lisa.