Set around a family gathering to celebrate Easter Sunday, the comedy is based on Jo Koy’s life experiences and stand-up comedy.

Chuck says:

I was not familiar with the work of Filipino comedian Jo Koy before seeing his semi-autobiographical film Easter Sunday. Needless to say, I will not be delving into his other work after suffering through this tepid “comedy.” Koy is Joe Valencia, a stand-up comic hoping to land a spot on a network television series, who has a great many problems.  He’s not spending enough time with his son, he has to contend with his eccentric family over the Easter holiday and he’s upset with the direction his career is taking.

This is all pretty standard stuff yet, in the right hands, is enough of a premise to build a comedy on.  Unfortunately, Kate Angelo and Ken Cheng are all thumbs where putting a solid script together is concerned, heaping one ridiculous situation onto another.  Before it’s all done, there’s a psycho gangster involved, a set of stolen boxing gloves that belonged to Manny Pacquiao being passed around and silly cameos from Lou Diamond Phillips. Over the course of the film’s interminable 96-minute running time, I didn’t laugh once. That’s all you need to know.

2 Stars

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