Coming to America

Prince Akeem, future king of the happy and rich country Zamunda has reached the age when he should marry. There's a to-be-wife for him already chosen, but he doesn't want to marry her. He decides to go to the USA to find a wife for himself. His childhood friend and/or servant escorts him into the dephts of Queens in New York.

After some searching Akeem finds the woman he wants - Lisa. The next day both of them start to work at the girl's father's restaurant as porr univerity students from Africa, and Akeem spends a lot of time and effort on that that the girl even notice him. Finally he succeds, they both fall in love with each other.

Since Akeem gave all their money to a homeless, his friend sends a telegram to the royal coupla asking for some more -- the king and the queen immediately travel to New York, and when Lisa finds out he isn't poor at all, on the contrary, she dumps her and Akeem goes home with a broken heart.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Semmi and Akeem are cleaning the soap from the window of McDowells the amount of soap on the window constantly changes from less to more and back to less again. (Look at the very top of the window pane).

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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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