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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie is strong on communication, forgiveness. Most of the chaos comes when characters avoid or refuse communication. A message about staying true to yourself.
Positive Role Models
As lovable as these characters are, they're highly fallible, sometimes selfish. They make a lot of mistakes, and there's no guarantee they won't make more, but they at least show a willingness to improve.
Inspired by the life of star Jo Koy, the film centers on a well-rounded, fully developed Filipino family and positively portrays Filipino culture. Cast is largely Filipino actors, with other characters of color as well. Explores idea/implication of asking a Filipino actor to do a "funny" Filipino accent professionally.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Knives, other weapons shown. Fighting, punching. Teen boy shoved against wall. Character passes out. Violent dialogue.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex-related dialogue. Romantic subplot between teens. Characters slapped on the bottom.
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Occasional use of "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "d--k," "hell," "loser," "suck."
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Products & Purchases
Main character performs in a Budweiser TV ad, which is referenced many times. References to Marshalls, Uber Eats, Whole Foods, FaceTime.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Dialogue about drinking too much wine and driving. Wine with meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Easter Sunday is a sweet, inclusive comedy about a Filipino man named Joe (stand-up comic Jo Koy) who's bringing his son to his family's Easter dinner celebration -- and facing all manner of chaos in the process. Expect some violence, including guns/shooting, knives and other weapons, brief punching and fighting, and a teen boy getting shoved up against the wall, as well as violent dialogue. There's also sex-related dialogue, a romance between teens, and characters being patted affectionately on the bottom. Language includes occasional uses of "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "d--k," "hell," "loser," and "suck." Characters talk about drinking and driving and have wine with dinner. A character performs in a Budweiser TV ad, which is referenced many times. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though it relies on overly familiar sitcom-type plot threads, this inclusive comedy is fleshed out by its warm characters, their easy chemistry, and the humor that flows naturally as a result. Marking Koy's leading-man debut, Easter Sunday successfully draws from his stand-up act, focusing on all the love and craziness of his Filipino family. It's a treat to see such strong representation, but the family dynamic is also nicely universal. Director Jay Chandrasekhar is best known for his broad, lowbrow Broken Lizard comedies, and here he falls back on coincidences, chase scenes, annoying villains, and a violent showdown (all clichés that don't conjure many laughs), but the simpler character interactions are genuinely funny.
Koy is smart enough to surround himself with a wide selection of wonderful character actors, mostly Filipino, that elevate the material. Cordero is a delight as the cousin whose dumb idea causes all the trouble, while he still demonstrates a sweetness and a charming smile that make him relatable. Carrere is hilarious as the pouting auntie who wages subtle food wars with Joe's mom. Comic Jimmy O. Yang is great as a backroom black-market guy. And Lou Diamond Phillips brings a legendary presence to his cameo as himself. There's a lot happening in Easter Sunday, but it's really the little moments in between the broader strokes that make it worth hunting for.
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