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with a lot of jokey family conflicts and some slightly less jokey encounters with menacing guys with guns.

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Yang and Tiffany Haddish. Everything else is a distant third.

Koy plays Joe Valencia, an LA-based stand-up comic and would-be actor best known for a series of beer commercials with the catchphrase “Let’s get the party started, baby!”

That job has ended and he is hoping to be cast as the wacky neighbor in a new sitcom so he can make enough money to support his family.

He does well in the audition, but they won’t give him the role unless he will perform with an exaggerated accent, similar to the conflict faced by Aziz Ansari in “Master of None.”

His agent,

Nick (director Jay Chandrasekhar) urges him to do whatever they ask.

to the pressure from Joe’s mother, Susan (Lydia Gaston) in the Bay Area, who insists that he visit her for Easter with the family.Joe also realizes he has not paid enough attention to his teenage son, Junior (Brandon Wardell), so the two of them drive up to Daly City together.
Joe’s cousin Eugene (Eugene Cordero of “The Good Place”) has taken the $20,000 Joe gave him to buy a taco truck and instead bought something called a Hype Bus. The loan shark who provided the cash for inventory (Asif Ali as Dev Divine) insists on being repaid immediately.Susan and her sister, Joe’s Tita Theresa (Tia Carrere) is not speaking to each other but speak nonstop to everyone else about their feud.And Nick keeps calling about the job, finally telling Joe he has to fly back to LA immediately for a meeting with the showrunners. Comic chaos ensues.I love Jo Koy’s stand-up and highly recommend his story about his mother’s response when he loses his keys.

Like all great stand-ups, he is brilliant at creating vivid characters on stage with his exaggerated posture, facial expressions, and voice.

 

The character he plays here has a more limited range, mostly looking frustrated or harried.

At Easter services, after a silly encounter with the priest who wants help with his show business career, Joe ends up in front of the congregation and can’t help going into a stand-up routine about Easter.

The plot contrivances about Eugene’s predicament with the loan shark, a valuable stolen item,

and the updates from Nick (who always ends a call by saying he is losing the cell signal) get tedious because they don’t play into Koy’s strengths as a performer or the setting’s potential for

“the more specific a story is, the more universal it is” category.

“Family is mad

complicated” and that is about as insightful as it gets until the hug-fest ending.

Anyone who is second or third generation will identify with the tradition vs. assimilation dynamic and the passionate loyalty to members of the community who have become famous.

And anyone who has a family will identify with the generational conflicts over what constitutes success and the importance of security.

Anyone who is not Filipino will enjoy glimpses of details of the culture, those that are distinctive (balikbayan boxes) and those that are their version of the universal (food = love).Anyone who is Filipino, like the family I sat with at the screening, will have a whole extra level of delight at representation, not just of the ethnic details but of the powerhouse cast of Filipino actors.Koy has said in interviews there were years of rejection of this film because studio executives did not think it was relatable. Carrere has said that after 40 years in the business, this is the first time she has been cast as her authentic ethnicity.I wanted to see more of Elena Juatco, who brings enormous vibrance and personality to a small role and look forward to more from Wardell and Eva Noblezada,

both enormously appealing in the tricky roles where subtlety has to balance out the heightened emotions of the adults.

The entire cast is excellent, including a surprise Filipino guest star. It’s a pleasure to see their jubilance in bringing their culture to screen, which shines even in the script’s weakest moments.

You don’t have to be of Filipino descent to get the movie “Easter Sunday,” loosely based on the life experience of Filipino American stand-up comic Jo Koy and centering on a man trying to navigate the fractured dynamic of a holiday with his extended family.

But it does help. (Full disclosure: My parents moved from the Philippines to Washington, where I was born, in the 1950s.)

Despite its broad comedy, typical of “Dukes of Hazzard” director Jay Chandrasekhar, the film has some tender and wise moments. And even if you don’t get all the ethnic jokes,

there’s plenty of family drama that anybody will recognize, no matter their background.

Koy plays Joe Valencia, a Los Angeles comedian trying to land a part in a sitcom. (ABC recently rejected the pilot of a sitcom starring Koy but is reportedly interested in redeveloping the show.)

“You’re at 30,” he is told. “Bring it up to 50.”

(Carrere is of Spanish, Filipino, and Chinese descent.) So there’s a meta-conflict at play here,

and one wonders if Nick’s frequent goading of Joe resonates with Chandrasekhar’s own experience in the industry. (Born in Chicago, Chandrasekhar is of Tamil descent.)

Identity isn’t the only conflict. Joe is a divorced father who’s more concerned about his career than about his teenage son,

known as Junior (Brandon Wardell).

Joe plans to make it up to him: He’ll take him on a road trip for Easter Sunday dinner,

but that just gives Dad more chances to let Junior down.

It sounds more like

a family drama than comedy, doesn’t it?

the most important day of the liturgical calendar, the film isn’t particularly religious. During Easter morning services, Joe even ends up doing a stand-up routine.

Besides that, the order of Mass depicted is highly unorthodox. That probably wouldn’t have played well on a holy day — not for much of its apparent target audience, anyway.

Screenwriters Ken Cheng and Kate Angelo take great liberties with Catholicism,

and their irreverence is such that when Joe and his cousin (Eugene Cordero)

arrive at Joe’s mother’s house, they turn around the statue of Santo Niño —

the child Jesus — because it creeps them out.

I said this wasn’t a religious picture,

but this turning away from Jesus seems to be a lot of what “Easter Sunday” is about.

Part of Joe’s shtick is that Mom

(a terrific Lydia Gaston) is always complaining that her son didn’t become a nurse

(as so many Filipinos follow that vocation)

and that he never comes home. For all the frantic humor — including a crowd-pleasing cameo by Tiffany Haddish

Junior’s love interest,

as a police officer — the movie is about one man’s fall from grace,

his struggle with failure and fatherhood, and his strained relationships with his family.

While the adults are busy with their careers and petty squabbles, it’s encouraging that the younger generation seems more levelheaded. It’s young Ruth (Eva Noblezada of “Luck”),

who’s the movie’s moral center, especially when she scolds her prospective beau after he gives Dad an earful.

“Bro, that’s not how we talk to our parents here,” she tells him. Ruthie also offers the movie’s richest ethnic metaphor: that the popular dessert drink halo-halo, which includes crushed ice, evaporated milk,

and various colorful fruits are as messy as their heritage — as messy as family and, perhaps, as life itself. “But you keep coming back for more.”

“Easter Sunday” is, like halo-halo, a bit messy. I wouldn’t have chosen some of its ingredients. But there’s enough flavor here that, even if you don’t like, say, coconut, you can just pick it out.

PG-13. At area theaters. Contains some violence, some strong language, and suggestive references. In English and some Tagalog with subtitles. 96 minutes.

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