In Coming 2 America, Akeem returns to the land of dreams. In this sequel, Akeem must find his heir, a son he only just heard about. How he finds him, relates to him and builds a relationship is the crux of the movie. Along the way, there’s a ton of fun in the form of very funny dialogs and eccentric characters. Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Halls, Wesley Snipes and Tracy Morgan all provide the great slapstick comedy you expect out of this movie. Here are more movies like Coming 2 America.
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Very Funny Movies like Coming 2 America
1 Coming to America (1998)
The prequel that started it all. Follow this laugh riot where Akeem, a noble African prince, comes to the United States, disguised as an exchange student. He wants to find love, in Queens, New York. Like with all franchise movies, this prequel beats out Coming 2 America by a great leaps and bounds. Both sophisticated and slapstick comedy is on offer here. Eddie Murphy sizzles again. Paul Bates and Arsenio Hall are brilliant as well. If you haven’t seen this yet, it should be the first movie to watch after Coming 2 America, or even before it.
2 Dolemite is My Name (2019)
Eddie Murphy again. Here, he takes on the true life character of Rudy Ray Moore. In the 1970’s Rudy made headlines because of his alter ego, Dolemite. Dolemite is a comic and rapper who says all the wrong things, is into Kung-Fu fighting and is just hilarious on a full-time basis. This will have you in stitches from start to finish. If you are an Eddie Murphy fan, you just won’t be disappointed here. He is in his element.
3 Get Hard (2015)
Will Ferrell plays James King, a multi-millionaire. The problem? He is going to prison, for fraud. To help him prepare for prison life, he recruits Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart), thinking he is an ex-con. But, Darnell isn’t an ex-con. James just assumed he was. But, Darnell plays along because he needs the money. What follows is a very funny relationship between the two, as they prepare James for 10 years of prison life. But, along the way, something happens that might prevent James from going to prison at all. A fantastic slapstick comedy.
4 48 Hours (1982)
Nick Nolte is Jack Cates, a no-nonsense hard nosed copy who means business. He is assigned to track down a notorious criminal. The catch is that he is to work with an ex-con in Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy), using him as an assisting partner. Reggie is a wise-cracking, easy going, womanizing and hilarious partner to the grumpy and stoic Nick Nolte playing Jack. Despite the differences, the partnership just works, in this great comedy.
5 Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
This is another comedy movies that focuses on differences of culture. Eddie Murphy plays Axel Foley. He is a free-spirited cop from Detroit. But, when he is transferred to uptight Beverly Hills for an assignment, he finds himself completely out of place. An action thriller with a generous dose of the laughs.
6 Trading Places (1983)
Two bored millionaires make a callous bet. As a result of the bet, two very different people must swap identities. One is an uptight investor and the other is a fast-talking con-artist. What follows is each character trying to survive in an environment that is completely alien to them. Naturally, there’s plenty of laughs as the misfits try to make their way in their new worlds. Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd are brilliant as the con-artist and wall street investors respectively.
7 The Nutty Professor (1996)
Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) is a soft-spoken professor with a heart of gold. But, he is grossly overweight and often the butt of jokes. As part of his scientific experiments to get skinny, he takes a chemical that makes him slim and fit. But, his new identity, Buddy Love (also played by Eddie Murphy) isn’t just lighter. He is obnoxious as well! As Buddy goes about enjoying his new physical form, he must also deal with the unstable chemical switching his weight back from skinny to fat and fat to skinny. Another slapstick with plenty of silly laughs. If you are a Eddie Murphy fan, you get a double serving here.
8 The Other Guys (2010)
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg become unlikely police partners in The Other Guys. Allen Gamble (Will Smith) doesn’t take any risks. Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) on the other hand is reckless. Tired of their extreme personalities, they are bundled together as reluctant partners by a fed up Sergeant. Even worse, when a high-profile case comes up, they are paired up against two top cops in Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson. The movie is full of funny scenes as Ferrell and Wahlberg try to make sense of each of their personalities, while also trying to solve crime. Eva Mendes, Derek Jeter and Michael Keaton play interesting little roles to mix things up from time to time.
9 Step Brothers (2008)
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are two middle aged losers living with their single parents. But, when their parents meet each other, the two loner-losers suddenly become roommates. What follows is an epic comedy of seeing one middle aged good for nothing man adjust to another middle aged delinquent. It’s cringe comedy at its best!
10 The Campaign (2012)
It’s Will Ferrell (Rep Camden ‘Cam’ Brady) at it again. Here, he is paired with Zach Galifanakis (Martin Sylvester ‘Marty’ Huggins). They are running against each other. Cam is an incumbent Democrat who is knee-deep in a personal scandal. Marty is a naïve political aspirant who is funded by two billionaires with not so good intentions. The face off between the two unlikely candidates on a campaign trail sets the mood for a lot of laughs.
The movie might remind you of the recent Presidential elections, where the public had to choose from two of the worst out there.
11 Old School (2003)
Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn are good friends living not very exciting adult lives. So, they want to relive their glory days as Frat boys. What do they do? They rent a home next to a college campus and decide to throw parties. They also decide to start their own fraternity. Who will pledge to join their crazy frat house? The entire movie is just hilarious. Will Ferrell is obnoxiously funny. Luke Wilson is sophisticatedly funny. Vince Vaughn in sarcastically funny. Supporting cast is great as well. Definitely a movie you will thoroughly enjoy.
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