Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A to Z Movies: Coming to America

For many black adults who came up in the 80s and 90s there are two movies that we know inside and out. One is "The Color Purple" and the other is "Coming to America". You will hear random references to these two movies in daily conversation, on TV, and in memes. For this post, I will give you some of the more quotable scenes from the movie.

"His Momma Named Him Clay. So, I’m a Call Him Clay!"

If you've ever heard someone say this line but using a different name, it came from "Coming to America". The scenes from the barber shop with the old men are some of the more iconic elements of the film. See for yourself:

My Name is Peaches

I can't even lie. All I have to see or hear is someone start out saying, "My name is Peaches..." and I finish the rest. The line is a bit raunchy but it is catchy as heck! This line comes from the club scene where Eddie Murphy's, Prince Akeem and Arsenio Hall's, Semmi, go to nightclub to find a bride for Akeem.

Sexual Chocolate is Evidence That There is a God Somewhere

Eddie Murphy played numerous characters in this film. In this scene, there is the Black Awareness event. At the end of the scene Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate perform Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All". After the performance, they receive a lukewarm response. This caused Randy to have a bit of a hissy fit on stage.

Your Queen to Be Does Whatever You Like

This last scene I will mention from the movie has so many moments that people quote, sing, and reenact. Even Tamar Braxton reenacted a portion of this scene in season four of Braxton Family Values. My favorite portion involved a song that I know by heart but really shouldn't.

"Coming to America" has so many iconic moments that black people reference, sometimes without even thinking about it. If by chance you've never seen this film, I recommend that you do. You may realize you missed out on several jokes all of these years.