Synopsis: Struggling actor and comedian Joe Valencia played by Jo Koy returns home for an Easter Sunday celebration with his family. However, his attention gets divided between his family and acting career.
Easter Sunday is a film executive produced by Jo Koy with help from Speilberg, distributed by Universal and Dreamworks, and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar. This film is far from perfect.
The story lacks cohesion and has underdeveloped characters due to the rushed pacing and too many loose subplots. It looks like a first draft of a screen play script.
Multiple revisions necessary for a polished cohesive script.
- You could cut out a few of the subplots and nothing of value would be lost.
- The comedy is hit or miss -some jokes land while others falter.
- The story should’ve focused more on Jo’s character balancing family life with career.
- The son character needed more screentime and character development. What’s life like being half-Filipino?
- The mall interior replacing Serramonte is probably a mall in Vancouver not the actual Serramonte mall.
The movie has a good cast: Jo Koy, Tia Carrere, Lydia Gaston, Eva Noblezada, Lou Diamond Philips, Eugene Cordero, etc
The Filipino cultural references and family interactions.
Exterior shots around Daly City and one at South San Francisco
Tagalog dialogue had English subtitle translations on screen for international audiences.
This film is an imperfect representation of Filipinos living abroad. There are cringe inducing scenes and filler scenes. The script itself could go for several revisons to polish up the screenplay. With that said, I recommend people to check the film out and support it. The film is hilarious and has its heart in the right place though the attempt is misguided. Having a mainstream Filipino film albeit mediocre is an achievement in itself. If Hollywood notices that there’s an audience for Filipino led films, it’s possible that another film down the line could be better. As opposed to Chinese and Japanese films, there are only a few films(The Debut, The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, Lumpia With A Vegenance) documenting the “Filipino experience” shown in America.
Easter Sunday is the first mainstream film marketed toward a wide international audience. I’ll cut the film so slack. Hopefully, this stepping stone will open the doors for better Filipino led films in the future.