Coming to America

Continuity mistake: At the very beginning of the film when Akim is being awoken, he gets out of bed and rose bearers can be seen from above dropping rose pedals on the floor, but they are fairly sparsely scattered. When it's cut to them walking out of the bedroom, you can see in the background, a LOT of rose pedals in the floor.

steven_frankel

Continuity mistake: When Akeem and Lisa show up at the apartment and see the rose petals they're all in neat piles and a lot more of them than previously dropped.

Family5

Continuity mistake: When Darryl arrives at McDowell's the first time his driver's window is closed while he drives along the street and pulls in, but in the next shot the window is all the way down. There wasn't enough time between shots to lower the window completely. (00:47:55)

Continuity mistake: When Oha visits the restaurant he leaves a bill on the counter which the father picks up. In the next shot the bill is still there.

Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Akeem is woken up, from the angle above all of his head is resting on the pillow. In the close-up, just half of his head is, the rest is very close to the wall.

Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Lisa's on the couch, before her Cartier earrings are brought, the dog is sitting either between two cushions or one cushion only, depending on the shot.

Sacha

Revealing mistake: While Akeem is getting his hair cut, you can see the reflection of the white character he plays in the mirror. It is quite obviously a stand-in, with a fatter face and different glasses. (00:33:45)

LorgSkyegon

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Rev. Brown: I got a special treat for ya' this evening, a young man that you all know as Joe the Policeman from the "What's Going Down" episode of "That's My Momma." I want you to put your hands together, and welcome him to the stage. Big round of applauds for Jackson Heights own, Mr. Randy Watson, YES! Randy Watson.

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Trivia: The man who is getting a (fake) haircut as Akeem first enters the barber shop is played by a then-unknown Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Question: How did both Akeem and Semmi get a job at McDowell's without Akeem's parents noticing? Also, wouldn't Mr. McDowell have noticed in doing Akeem's pre-employment background checks who Akeem really was vs finding out when the parents arrived? (00:44:08 - 01:29:34)

jm1138

Answer: How would Akeem's parents know what they were up to? They think he's taking an American vacation, and in the pre social media days, it was hard to keep track of people. As for McDowell, what sort of background check did you expect him to do on a fast food employee in the 80s? McDowell seems like a guy who would cut corners anyway.

Brian Katcher

There aren't exactly a lot of people lining up to work at McDowell's, so Cleo gives the applications a once over and hires them on the spot. I'm in my 40's and I've had plenty of jobs that didn't even call my references, let alone perform a background check.

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