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: When Akeem and Semmi get their apartment, the landlord says that the room has only one window facing a brick wall. But when Akeem is out on the fire escape, he yells out to a street, not a wall. And there are two windows.

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Trivia: One of the bathers washing Akeem early in the film is soon-to-be adult film actress "Midori" (real name: Michele Evette Watley), who is the sister of singer Jody Watley.

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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)

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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.

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