Easter Sunday: Movie Review

Easter Sunday Movie Review: Pinoy Pride?

Watch this movie right now:

We never really expected much from "Easter Sunday". Its official plot and premise alone was vague, generic, and had no significant details other than its an ode and love letter to the Filipino-American community. We get it - a majority  of Jo Koy's jokes mostly revolve around his Filipino mom - which we absolutely loved. But in this format, not so much. More than the long-running jokes about his Filipino family, the film simply had technical issues that just ruined the fun constantly and consistently. 

Struggling to jump start his television career, Joe Valencia (Jo Koy) hesitantly goes back to Daly City, California to visit his mom (Lydia Gaston) during Easter Sunday. Joe already knows that going home means he has to deal with his riotous, bickering, eating, drinking, laughing, loving family and relatives. But when his cousin Eugene (Eugene Cordero) gets into trouble with a loan shark, the typical chaos that a Filipino-American family Joe is used to handling with with ease will be the least of his worries.

A running line of loosely-connected comedic sketches. That's the best we can best describe "Easter Sunday".  The film is funny when you digest scenes individually. But taking it as a whole narrative, the lackluster writing was simply something we couldn't ignore and shake off. Even for a no-nonsense comedy film, a lot of the content within "Easter Sunday" just didn't make a lot of sense or stick. Worse, it really doesn't do anything special or different - its narrative strokes is "been there, done that" territory which was a complete shame. This was supposed to introduce Filipino culture in a unique and funny way but in reality, it's uninspired and generic. Even its biggest stars and performers outside Jo Koy such as Lou Diamond Phillips, Tia Carrere, Jimmy O. Yang, and even Tiffany Haddish couldn't save this film from obscurity.     

Rating: 2 reels

Post a Comment