In Easter Sunday, directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and written by Kate Angelo and Ken Chang, Jo Koy stars as a model of himself, Joe Valencia. This mildly well-liked stand-up comedian’s beer industrial catch-phrase has given him nationwide notoriety, although his house life is in shambles. He has joint custody together with his ex-wife, Catherine (Carly Pope), of his highschool son, Junior (Brandon Wardell). Nonetheless, due to Joe’s life as a touring comic, he spent little or no time with Junior throughout his early life.
Joe’s hoping his relationship with Junior may be salvaged as soon as he nails the function of the Filipino neighbor on a sitcom. Within the meantime, Joe forces Junior to accompany him on a visit to Northern California to go to his mom, Yvonne (Melody Butiu), for Easter dinner. Sadly, this bonding time isn’t bonding time as Joe is at all times on the cellphone together with his agent, who wants him to duck out of dinner for a closing audition with the community.
Easter Sunday plops us proper into the middle of Joe’s household drama that forces him to flee to Los Angeles to flee. Joe’s mom and his Aunt Teresa (Tia Carrere) will not be talking to 1 one other, and Yvonne is threatening to boycott Teresa’s Easter Lunch, whereas Teresa plans to boycott Yvonne’s Easter dinner. Joe’s sister, Regina (Elena Juatco), resents that he left her behind to take care of all the problems. His cousin, Eugene (Eugene Cordero), has gotten into monetary bother with the native mobster, Dev Deluxe (Asif Ali). Lastly, let’s not neglect Junior, who has mainly given up on his father ever being a great mum or dad.
“…Joe is on a wacky journey to pay again Dev with the assistance of Marvin…”
When Joe decides to assist Eugene resolve his cash issues with Dev, he finds himself additionally on the hook for the money due that night. When Junior insists on tagging alongside, he falls for considered one of Dev’s confidants, Ruth (Eva Noblezada). Now, Joe is on a wacky journey to pay again Dev with the assistance of Marvin (Jimmy O. Yang), Lou Diamond Phillips (himself), and Joe’s ex-girlfriend/cop Vanessa (Tiffany Haddish).
Easter Sunday is what I name a comic’s comedy, with a Filipino twist. The story is a solution to poke (extra nudge) enjoyable at Jo Koy’s household in addition to uplift and honor his tradition. Because of this, there’s a wholesome serving of Filipino “inside jokes.” I’m considerably conversant in the group, and I most likely acquired about 80% of the jokes. Sadly, others may not honest so nicely if they’ve much less cultural information. I noticed this with a predominantly Filipino viewers, and everybody was having a great time. I laughed and had enjoyable, and I’ll wager you’ll too. It’s nice to see Carrere again on the large display with a meaty function and in addition see Lou Diamond Phillips (who I simply discovered is Filipino) poke enjoyable at himself.
As Joe, Koy was made for the function, clearly. In case you’re a fan of his stand-up, you’re going to notably get pleasure from his efficiency right here. In case you’re Filipino, that is your time to point out the world what you’re all about. I’ve definitely been there with Chinese language-American movies; in my case, I’m pleased with my heritage and wish to present it off to the world.
So let’s handle expectations. Every thing in Easter Sunday is performed for laughs… loopy household, wacky mob thriller, and plenty of cameos. It’s all good, mild enjoyable. See it since you’re a fan of Jo Koy or simply to get to know somewhat extra about your Filipino brothers and sisters.