Jan 26, 2009

An Ode to Coming to America.

Yesterday night, snuggled in my sofa, I stumbled on what I think is the best comedy of all times, period. It is a masterpiece. Well, if you define the word masterpiece, you get, according to Wikipedia: "a creation that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is considered the greatest work of a person's career or to a work of outstanding creativity, skill or workmanship." Um, yeah, if the shoe fits...

In my life, there are few movies that I know almost verbatim, and this is one of them. Think about it. This movie was made in 1988, but if you watch it today, it still makes you howl of laughter. Let me break this down because, dammit, this movie deserves it.

First of all, Perfect One Liners: "Your royal penis is clean, your highness." "Yes, yes, Fuck you Too!" "Girl, you look so good, someone ought to put you on a plate and sop you up with a biscuit." Oh, and don't get me started on the whole bit about Sexual Chocolate... Best scene in a movie, ever. Sexual Chocolate!

Second: Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall at their best. Jesus H. Christ. If Eddie or Arsenio ever get to read this post... Whoa, dudes. How can it be that two human beings delivered character after character so amazingly? This was the first and only makeup driven movie that has shined strong during all these years. Fuck Mrs. Doubtfire, those two guys almost didn't need the makeup at all. The guys at the barber shop for me are the most believable characters of the bunch.

Third and most important: Nostalgia. I mean... come on. I miss Eddie Murphy. I truly do. He insists on doing stuff like Meet Dave and The Haunted Mansion when we just need another stand up like Delirious or a great movie like Beverly Hills Cop. I would pay an obscene amount of money just to see him do standup again. What happened? Where did we go wrong? Doesn't Eddie know that we miss him talking about homemade McDonald's? Shit. Those were the days.

It is a true sin if you haven't seen this movie. I mean. Honestly. You deserve a kick in the junk if you, for some reason that isn't holy have not seen this movie at least 20 times in your life. Movies like this one don't come anymore. Now it's all about Scary Movie and Meet the Spartans. Back in the day, you went to the theater and laughed until you cried. I miss those days.

So, let's raise our glasses and toast to the greatest and funniest movie of all time, Coming to America. May God give us a decent movie from Eddie, sometime soon.

And now, enjoy Soul Glo. Best movie ad with a jingle, ever.


stewbie2 said...

I LOVE that movie. Speaking of Sexual Chocolate, do you watch American Idol? A few weeks back, some guy auditioned, and he had "Sexual Chocolate" tattooed on his back. I shit you not.

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