Jo Koy stars as a model of himself as Joe Valencia, a mildly widespread stand-up comedian whose beer industrial catch-phrase gave him nationwide notoriety. In the meantime, his dwelling life is a shambles. He has joint custody together with his ex-wife, Catherine (Carly Pope), of his highschool son, Junior (Brandon Wardell). Nevertheless, due to Joe’s life as a touring comic, he spent little or no time with Junior throughout his childhood.
His relationship with Junior could be salvaged as soon as Joe nails the position 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 ultimate audition with the community.
Easter Sunday plops us proper into the middle of Joe’s household drama—drama that pressured him to flee to Los Angeles to flee. Joe’s mom and his Aunt Teresa (Tia Carrere) are usually not talking to 1 one other, and Yvonne is threatening to boycott Teresa’s Easter Lunch, and Teresa plans to boycott Yvonne’s Easter dinner. Joe’s sister, Regina (Elena Juatco), resents that Joe left her behind to cope with all of the household points. Joe’s cousin, Eugene (Eugene Cordero), has gotten into monetary bother with the native mobster, Dev Deluxe (Asif Ali). Lastly, let’s not overlook Junior, who has principally given up on his father ever being a superb father.
“…this bonding time isn’t bonding time as Joe is at all times on the cellphone together with his agent…”
When Joe decides to assist Eugene resolve his cash issues with Dev, Joe finds himself additionally on the hook for the money—due that night. When Junior insists on tagging alongside, he falls for one in every 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) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Lou Diamond Phillips), and Joe’s ex-girlfriend and cop Vanessa (Tiffany Haddish).
Easter Sunday is what I name a comic’s comedy…with a Filipino twist. The story is a approach to poke (extra nudge) enjoyable at Jo Koy’s household in addition to uplift and honor his Filipino tradition. Consequently, there’s a wholesome serving of Filipino “inside jokes.” Although I’m considerably aware of the Filipino group, I most likely acquired about 80% of the jokes. Others won’t truthful so properly.
I noticed the movie with a predominantly Filipino viewers, and everybody was having a superb time. I laughed and had enjoyable, and I’ll wager you’ll too. It’s nice to see Tia Carrere again on the massive display screen with a meaty position and likewise see Lou Diamond Phillips (who I simply realized is Filipino) poke enjoyable at himself.
As Joe, Jo Koy was made for the position…clearly. If you happen to’re a fan of his stand-up comedy, you’re going to notably get pleasure from Easter Sunday, and 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 happy with my heritage, and I need to present it off to the world.
So let’s handle expectations. The whole lot 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 just a little extra about your Filipino brothers and sisters.