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Which is the most iconic Eddie Murphy movie: 'The Nutty Professor' or 'Coming to America'?

On the totem of comedy greats, Eddie Murphy is way high up. Not only has he given (the once-funny) SNL some of its best sketches of all times, Murphy’s standup routines and movies have unleashed peals of laughter throughout the decades. One film is “The Nutty Professor,” the story of an overweight academic whose weight-loss formula comes with a few setbacks. Then there’s “Coming to America,” the tale of a lovelorn prince masquerading as a commoner in order to find romance. Which is more iconic?

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“The Nutty Professor” is, believe it or not, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” How? Well, the plot follows a waistline-challenged professor, Sherman Klump (Murphy), who develops a miracle solution for instant weight-loss. While he does shed over 250 pounds in the blink of an eye, his fitter persona, Buddy Love, starts to take on nefarious personality traits. Whether Robert Louis Stevenson imagined this kind of an adaptation for his story remains unknown. 

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While “The Nutty Professor” appears to be the typical cheesy nineties comedy, the makeup used for Murphy’s transformation actually won an Academy Award at that year's ceremony. Murphy himself got nominated for the “Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy” category which, unfortunately, he didn’t end up winning.

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Like Professor Klump at the end of the film, he’s a winner in our eyes. In fact, he was more of a winner, as “The Nutty Professor” is seen as the resurrection of his career. No longer was he wearing skintight red leather (sad); it was all family movies and fat suits from here on out. The second movie also got a Janet Jackson single, and, honestly, how many movies get to have that

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“Coming to America” is Eddie Murphy in all of his glory. He stars as Prince Akeem, a royal that refuses to partake in an arranged marriage and instead seeks true love by posing as a struggling student in Queens, New York. The critics panned it like the sticks in the mud they are, but the people loved it, and over two decades later it’s finally getting a sequel. It also perfectly reflects the struggle of finding a room in the city, something that hasn’t gone away since the movie was made. 

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Much like the “The Nutty Professor,” “Coming to America” garnered a couple of award nominations for itself. Yup—the film was up for “Best Costume Design” and “Best Makeup,” which, honestly, given Prince Akeem's attempt at American fashions throughout the entire film, should have one. Wonder if they sell replica jackets anywhere?  

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Eddie Murphy was at his peak when he made this movie. He was riding high on the stand-up success he saw beginning in the late seventies and rising throughout the eighties, honing his talents and that wonderful, dirty charm of his. It’s amazing to think that the most recent generation now only knows him through an animated beast of burden

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