Coming to America is arguably Eddie Murphys funniest film. The 1988 comedy is the story of Prince Akeem (Murphy), who ditches Africa and the luxuries of royal life to find a potential princess in these United States. His sidekick Semmi (Arsenio Hall) comes along for the fun. Along with their main character roles, Murphy and Hall play a round of characters that launch the film into quoteworthy status.
But Coming to America is being showcased today for its looks, not its wits. The film is part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houstons Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design series and will be introduced by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, who received an Oscar nomination for her work on the movies wardrobe. See how she helped make the film sew great at 7 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For tickets and information, call 713-639-7771 or visit www.mfah.org. $6 to $7.
Fri., Nov. 21, 7 p.m., 2008