How to watch Coming 2 America online: Amazon Prime Video release date, cast and reviews

How to watch Coming 2 America online
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Coming 2 America movie details

Release date: March 5 (Amazon Prime Video)
Director: Craig Brewer
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne
Run-time: 110 min
Age rating: PG-13
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Good morning, my neighbors, it's time to watch Coming 2 America online. The sequel to the 1988 movie Coming to America brings back Eddie Murphy for more royal antics from Prince Akeem (now King) of Zamunda. 

In Coming 2 America, the newly-crowned King Akeem and his longtime advisor Semmi (Arsenio Hall) return for another adventure in Queens, New York. This time, he's seeking out his long-lost son and heir,  Lavelle Junson (Jermaine Fowler), whom Akeem fathered after a fling with Mary (Leslie Jones).

It's a bit of a retcon, since Coming to America focused on Akeem's search for a wife and his rather single-minded pursuit of Lisa (Shari Headley). When and where Akeem met Mary are 

The sequel doubles down on the fish-out-of-water angle, since not only does Akeem visit Queens again, Lavelle and Mary return to Zamunda with him.

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch Coming 2 America online right now. Plus, check out the trailer below:

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How to watch Coming 2 America on Amazon Prime Video

Coming 2 America is streaming now! It premiered Friday, March 5 on Amazon Prime Video around the world.

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Coming 2 America is exclusive to Amazon Prime Video. The streaming service comes with a subscription, but you can check out everything Prime has to offer with a one-month free trial. Prime Video's library includes original movies and series, like Sound of Metal, One Night in Miami, The Boys and Fleabag.

Coming 2 America cast

The cast of Coming 2 America is led by Eddie Murphy as King Akeem Joffer of Zamunda. Murphy also appears as soul singer Randy Watson, barber Mr. Clarence and barbershop customer Saul.

Arsenio Hall reprises his Coming to America role as Semmi, Akeem's best friend and confidante. Hall also plays Reverand Brown, barber Morris and witch doctor Baba.

They are joined by:

  • Jermaine Fowler as Lavelle Junson, Akeem's son
  • Leslie Jones as Mary Junson, Lavelle's mother
  • Tracy Morgan as Reem Junson, Lavelle's uncle
  • Shari Headley as Queen Lisa Joffer, Akeem's wife
  • KiKi Layne as Princess Meeka Joffer, Akeem's and Lisa's oldest daughter
  • Bella Murphy as Princess Omma Joffer, Akeem's and Lisa's second daughter
  • Akiley Love as Princess Tinashe Joffer, Akeem's and Lisa's youngest daughter
  • Wesley Snipes as General Izzi, leader of Nextdoria
  • Teyana Taylor as Bopoto Izzi, General Izzi's daughter
  • Rotimi as Idi Izzi, General Izzi's son and the Prince of Nextdoria
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway as Imani Izzi, General Izzi's younger sister
  • Louie Anderson as Maurice, a restaurant worker at McDowell's
  • John Amos as Cleo McDowell, Lisa's father
  • James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer, Akeem's father
  • Nomzamo Mbatha as Mirembe, a royal groomer and Lavelle's love interest
  • Rick Ross as himself
  • Morgan Freeman

Coming 2 America reviews

The reviews of Coming 2 America are mixed, with some praising it as "fun" and others finding it "underwhelming." Here's a roundup of what movie critics are saying:

Kristen Baldwin, Entertainment Weekly: "Deep-cut callbacks and surprise appearances from the original abound, and every fan-favorite character gets at least one showcase moment."

Sean O'Connell, CinemaBlend: "It’s hard for any movie to be as funny as the original Coming to America, and twice as difficult for a sequel to fill its predecessors shoes. Replacement director Craig Brewer chooses to recycle a fair share of the same jokes from the original film, but also water them down by adhering to a PG-13 rating."

Shannon Miller, AV Club: "For a film with a plot that ironically revolves around Akeem’s son learning to find his own unique route to greatness, Coming 2 America—with its endless callbacks and Easter eggs—seems all too ready to rely on nostalgia."

Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter: "There are also visual delights to spare, from the lavish palace setting (actually the Georgia mansion of rapper Rick Ross) to the gorgeous, eye-popping costumes by Oscar winner Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther) to the elaborately choreographed dance numbers. But as the predictable inclusion of outtakes during the end credits demonstrates, Coming 2 America looks like it was more fun to make than to watch."

Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.