“Coming 2 America”, the much awaited sequel to 1988’s “Coming To America” is about to hit Amazon Prime Video on March 5th, 2021. The film stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall who will reprise their roles from the original film.
The original film had a Rated-R rating and was a commercial success both domestically and overseas. However, the sequel has been given the “PG-13” rating which is a bit concerning to the fans of the original movie.
Director Craig Brewer talked about this topic in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Brewer said that they could have gone for the Rated R rating had they wished to but they ended up choosing the PG-13 rating for a few simple reasons.
Brewer said that despite it being a PG-13 flick, “Coming 2 America” is still an extremely hilarious movie that pushes a few “boundaries” even with it’s given rating. He went on to say that if the nudity from the original film is removed, it is a rather wholesome film with a fairytale feel.
If an R-rated movie would work then we would do an R-rated movie. I think we still have a really hilarious movie and we do push the boundaries on a PG-13 movie here and there. If you look at the first movie, other than the gratuitous nudity of the bathers and some swearing, it is actually rather wholesome. It’s got a fairytale feel to it.
The film was originally scheduled for a theatrical release but due to COVID-19 and the complications it brought to the table, the distribution rights for the film were sold to Amazon Prime Video.