Spectrum editor’s list of films to watch for March 17

“Coming 2 America” (2021)

The highly anticipated sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 comedic classic “Coming to America” finds African monarch Prince Akeem returning to Queens, New York, to meet his long-lost son. Prince Akeem unknowingly became a father on his first trip to America, when he was looking for a queen to his royal throne. Thirty-three years later, this film features much of the original cast and crew including Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones and Vanessa Bell Calloway.

Available on Amazon Prime Video | 50% Rotten Tomatoes

“Sorry to Bother You” (2018)

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, California, this dark comedy follows a telemarketer named Cassius, played by LaKeith Stanfield, on a wild journey after finding a “magical key” to professional success — using a white accent to improve his telemarketing work. 

Available on Hulu | 93% Rotten Tomatoes

“The High Note” (2020)

Starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson, this comedic drama showcases an aging pop star’s wish to return to the forefront of the music industry. The singer has been riding the success of her classic hits, but music executives doubt her ability to create a chart-topping album because of her age — until she receives some help from her much younger personal assistant.

Available on HBO Max | 70% Rotten Tomatoes

“The Lovebirds” (2020)

In this romantic comedy, Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani play a couple on the brink of splitting up. After witnessing a murder, they are forced to figure out if their relationship will survive when they go on the run.

Available on Netflix | 65% Rotten Tomatoes

“Babyteeth” (2019)

“Babyteeth” follows a fatally ill 16-year-old girl named Milla who falls in love with a 23-year-old drug dealer named Moses. Fearing their child wound up in the wrong crowd, this dramatic comedy showcases Milla’s parents’ struggle with the unlikely relationship. 

Available on Hulu | 94% Rotten Tomatoes

“Girls Trip” (2017)

Four friends from college, known as the Flossy Posse, reconnect for a vacation to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival of Culture. Equally comedic and provocative, the group’s partying and drinking help them rediscover their wild sides. The film has a star-studded cast with Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish. 

Available on Amazon Prime Video for $3.99 | 91% Rotten Tomatoes

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