YMMV / Coming to America

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Those topless servant girls who clean Prince Akeem's "royal penis" at the start of the movie.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "She's Your Queen To Be".
  • Ear Worm: "Soul Glo," "She's Your Queen To Be," and Sexual Chocolate's version of "The Greatest Love of All."
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In this movie, Murphy plays an African prince who goes to America to find love. In his earlier standup special "Eddie Murphy: Raw", he does a whole bit about going to Africa to find love. Compare both to what really happened.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Eddie Murphy talking about the Giants defeating the Packers with a field goal kick, which would happen in the 2007 post-season. Also a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment for Packers fans.
    • For this or "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, James Earl Jones as King Joffer walking around with a massive lion skin stole. At least he died of natural causes. Oh wait....
      • In The Lion King, Mufasa's servant Zazu humorously suggests that his brother Scar "would make a very handsome throw rug".
    • A fast food restaurant obviously ripping off McDonald's, barely staying out of legal trouble with the real deal? It was McDowells in this 1988 film, and MaDonal in the real world's Kurdistan in the following decade. The founder wanted to bring a real McDonalds to Kurdistan, but was refused a franchise.
      • Ripping off McDonald's to the point that the franchisee of a McDonald's a half mile down the road came with his lawyer to threaten the set crew with a lawsuit.
    • Speaking of McDowells, Samuel L. Jackson's sole scene in the movie has him unsuccessfully rob a food establishment; in one of his most famous roles, he thwarts the robbery of a restaurant.
  • Memetic Mutation: The scene of Semmi opening the door to Akeem's apartment only to find the king before him, screaming, and closing the door quickly. You'll find many a modified GIF of it.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate.
  • Rated M for Money: When looked at from end-to-end, the movie really only earns its "R" rating by the bath scene near the start (where the women are topless and are apparently washing the prince's genitals underwater and offscreen) and the swearing (none of which feels absolutely necessary). The rest of the movie is by-and-large a rather innocuous love story.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Eriq La Salle as the "Soul Glo" guy
    • One of the guys getting his haircut is Cuba Gooding, Jr.
    • Not to mention that the guy who tries to hold up McDowell's is none other than Samuel L. Motherfucking Jackson!
    • Big Brother Jake drops f-bombs as a cabbie. Wait, was I the only person who used to watch that show?