Coming to America released 33 years ago–in 1988. A lot has changed in that time, and that’s partly what Coming 2 America is about. But that also means that the original R rating didn’t make as much sense for the sequel, according to director Craig Brewer.
“If an R-rated movie would work, then we would do an R-rated movie,” Brewer said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “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.”
Brewer continued, “My job on set was to be the guardian of what from the original movie can be celebrated, and then what’s going overboard, because we did want this movie to be its own thing.”