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Martin Lawrence Goes Back To America
Wait, they let him out? No one is safe!

18 February 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Martin Lawrence, star of Big Momma's House and Black Knight, is producing and hoping to star in a new film called Back To America, which sounds like Eddie Murphy's Coming To America but in reverse.

The premise of this film is that a working-class guy from Queens discovers that he is heir to an African country and travels there to claim his birthright. So it's entirely distinct from the John Landis / Eddie Murphy film where a prince who is heir to an African country travels to Queens to conceal his birthright behind a working-class facade and discover a bride for himself.

We'd kinda like to believe that this is a sequel, starting where Coming to America left off, with Shari Headley's Lisa McDowell running off in horror when she realised that her wedding dress was in fact The Blob (check it out if you don't believe us) and having Eddie Murphy's son back home in Queens. Only Lawrence is too old for that role, so we suspect this is merely a similar concept, and probably a less funny one.

Lawrence himself came up with the pitch and is producing, but it's not yet confirmed whether he'll star - although that's not surprising given that there is as yet no script or director either. In the meantime, he's due to star in Disney's Wild Hogs sequel, so you Lawrence addicts out there can get your fix.


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RE: High vs Low
I'm afraid, at least in my mind, that this ceased to be about Martin Lawrence a long time ago. I guess I'm just someone who wants a little more thought applied to the criticism of film. It's too easy to just write 'shite' and walk away. Surely such arbiters of taste and quality are not afraid of a little critical debate? More

Posted by oacbbaw at 16:17 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: High vs Low
Are you Martin Lawrence? More

Posted by BudBaxter at 16:07 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: High vs Low
...should be made. To believe in the ghettoisation of supposed 'low' cultural phenomena is a dangerous stance. Let low and high mingle. Let variety rule. Let film be for everyone. More

Posted by oacbbaw at 16:03 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: this is gonna b shite!!
Going by the plot described, shouldn't this be called Africa More

Posted by BudBaxter at 14:59 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Several Points of Enquiry:
.....no it doesn't.   He'll even he's not sure if he should be allowed star in it.. More

Posted by blackduck at 14:05 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Well
It does sound like an okay premise yes, but as stated in the article it sounds a lot like the work of Mr Eddie Murphy. Lawrence's output for the last few years has been dire and nothing so far (although yes, early days) make me think this will be any different. More

Posted by darjeelingmike at 11:18 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Well
L: darjeelingmike This sounds pretty much terrible. When will this man stop making movies? sp; Actually the premise doesn't sound bad, but I doubt it'll be any good.   I'm guessing it'll be a family-friendly overly produced PG-rated 87 minutes piece of blandness.     More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 09:07 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

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