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Starring: Jo Koy, Jimmy O. Yang, Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Lydia Gaston, Eva Noblezada, Asif Ali, Rodney To, Eugene Cordero, Jay Chandrasekhar, Tiffany Haddish, Lou Diamond Phillips
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Comedy directed by Jay Chandrasekhar. Easter Sunday (2022) follows Joe Valencia (Jo Koy), who is returning home with his son (Brandon Wardell), for an Easter celebration with his riotous, bickering, eating, drinking, laughing, loving family.
Our Favorite Quotes:'It's so easy to forget where you came from. Sometimes you need to come home to remember what matters.' - Lou Diamond Phillips (Easter Sunday) Click To Tweet
Joe Valencia: Filipino moms predetermine what their kids are supposed to be when they grow up. And you know I’m not making this s**t up. My mom cried when I told her I wanted to be a comedian. “Comedian? Why, Joseph? Your aunties are nurses. Your uncles are nurses. Do you see any clowns in this family? Huh? No.”
Toast Employee: That’ll be seventeen ninety-five
Joe Valencia: For a burrito?
Toast Employee: Yep.
Joe Valencia: Do you guys stuff it with gold?
Toast Employee: It is the ultimate burrito.
Junior: Dad, the school meeting’s at three.
Joe Valencia: I know. I told you I’d be there. Have I ever missed anything?
Junior: Yeah, like literally everything else.
Director: Can you do a half Filipino accent?
Joe Valencia: That’s what this is.
Director: Really? That’s fifty percent? Sounds thirty to me. Can you bump it up to fifty? Then we’re golden.
Joe Valencia: Nick, I didn’t do the accent. It made no sense, man. That’s kind of like you doing an Indian accent at your job.
Nick: Hey, I’d do it if it closed the deal.
Joe Valencia: I’m really busy. I just tested for this pilot.
Susan: You’re going to be a pilot?
Joe Valencia: No. A network pilot, for like a TV show.
Susan: Ah, you’re playing a pilot on the TV show.
Joe Valencia: No, a lawyer.
Susan: You could have been a lawyer, Joseph, if you only applied yourself.
Catherine: [referring to Junior] He has a C-minus in math.
Joe Valencia: What? How is that even possible?! They charge us thirty-five thousand dollars a year. For thirty-five thousand dollars a year, they should at least teach him math.
Catherine: Can you please not start?
Joe Valencia: I’m just saying, he could’ve got a C-minus in public school for free.
Eugene: And FYI, things are bad between our moms, like really bad.
Joe Valencia: Is this a new fight, or is it the same one from Christmas?
Eugene: Who knows?
'Family is mad complicated.' - Eugene (Easter Sunday) Click To Tweet
Kyle: [referring to Junior] I’ll make him a smoothie.
Joe Valencia: No, don’t make him a smoothie.
Kyle: Yeah, I make them real smooth.
Joe Valencia: Oh, you play for the LA Kings? I had no idea.
Kyle: Is that supposed to be sarcastic? You know I’m on the team.
Joe Valencia: Well, since you don’t really ever actually play, it’s kind of like me saying I play for the Dodgers.
Kyle: Hey. I’m the backup goalie.
Joe Valencia: No, you’re the backup, backup goalie. Alright? So back up, man.
Joe Valencia: See all that fog?
Joe Valencia: That’s from all the Filipinos in Daly City using their rice cookers at the same time.
Regina: Welcome home, bro. See you tonight okay?
Joe Valencia: What? I just got here!
Regina: What? You got to follow your dream and become a beer spokesman.
Joe Valencia: That wasn’t my dream.
Regina: And I got to follow Mom’s dream and become a nurse. So, you owe me, big-time.
Regina: [to Junior] You look just like your dad, except you’re good-looking.
Joe Valencia: What?
Regina: And you have your mother’s eyes, though they’re not as judgmental.
'Most postal carriers are Filipino. We control the mail. You control the mail, you control the world.' - Tito Arthur (Easter Sunday) Click To Tweet
Regina: LA sounds lame. You should move up here and hang out with your tita. You know, back before my dreams withered away like a dried-up, dead piece of fruit, I used to be fun.
Regina: The s**t’s about to fly. Okay, Mom is doing dinner. Tita Teresa’s doing lunch. But Mom refuses to go to Tita Teresa’s lunch. If that happens, someone’s going to end up in the ER with me.
Joe Valencia: Oh, my God. What’s this fight about?
Regina: I don’t know. But we’re counting on you to fix it. Bye!
Joe Valencia: [referring to the baby Jesus statue] Yeah, that used to scare the hell out of me when I was a kid. It just stares at you.
Susan: Make fun all you want, but someday, baby Jesus will save you.
Junior: That baby Jesus is going to murder me in my sleep.
Joe Valencia: I know.
Susan: I have to go get changed for church. I’ve got a beautiful new dress just for the occasion.
Joe Valencia: Wow. God’s going to be so happy.
Susan: He won’t care, but my sister will.
Tita Yvonne: Junior, you’re so handsome.
Junior: Oh. Thank you, Tita Yvonne.
Tito Arthur: Gets it from his tito. You see the resemblance?
Tito Arthur: God does.
'Halo-halo is like the essence of Filipino culture. It's so extra. So much piled on, so many flavors and colors. It looks messy, but no matter what, you always come back for more.' - Tala (Easter Sunday) Click To Tweet
Eugene: You know when you’re coming out of a club at 2:00 AM? What do you want the most?
Joe Valencia: Tacos!
Eugene: No! You want Gucci socks, Louis Vuitton headbands, Chanel press-on nails. And we got all that stuff, baby. Hypetruck!
Joe Valencia: Tita Teresa. You look good as always. But did you really have to wear the same dress as my mom?
Tita Teresa: I can’t help it if we shop at the same place. And I can’t help it if I wear it better. Magenta is my color.
Father Hildo: I gave you my demo, and you were supposed to give it to your little Hollywood friends. You can’t tell me that “Oops, God Did It Again” wasn’t going to be a hit.
Joe Valencia: First of all, I’m not even in the music biz. And besides, I don’t even listen to Christian pop.
Father Hildo: And I don’t listen to you.
Father Hildo: I thought you’d be more like Daly City’s favorite son, Lou Diamond Phillips. Now, that’s a real actor. And generous too. You know, his lola lives right around the block. If he were here today, there’s no way the collection plate would look so light.
Susan: Give money, Joseph. You’re embarrassing me.
Joe Valencia: He’s embarrassing me.
'It's just harder to disappoint someone else's mom.' - Eugene (Easter Sunday) Click To Tweet
Father Hildo: Forty dollars? Thank you, Joseph. I see you value my sermon as much as my music.
Joe Valencia: Easter is a time for us to come together. I mean, who are we kidding? It actually feels like the time for us to be at each other’s throats. It’s the time to hold grudges. It’s a time to complain about each other’s food.
Joe Valencia: Father Hildo’s up here talking about “family is divine”. Well, I say family is a mess. A complete mess. I mean, no wonder no one wants to come home for the holidays to their Filipino parents. They don’t.
Joe Valencia: If there was ever a question if Jesus Christ was Filipino, his dad straight-up guilt-tripped him to come home for Easter. It’s the truth.
Joe Valencia: Kids got it easy. Am I right, Father Hildo? They got it so easy. I mean, look at that picture of Jesus right there. Jesus died for our sins. My son dies when I take his phone away for two hours. He doesn’t know what to do. He just walks around the house like he’s been crucified. “What did I do to deserve this, Dad? I need my phone back, Dad! I need Spotify. I ordered Uber Eats! I want to go on Instagram!”
'Sometimes words fail us, and we only have one choice. That's why God gave Filipinos karaoke.' - Joe Valencia (Easter Sunday) Click To Tweet
Joe Valencia: My mom is at war with my Tita Teresa, and none of us know why. If you didn’t know if they were related, look at their dresses. Both of them got it at Marshalls. They call that a “two for one”.
Joe Valencia: Now reach into your pocket, and grab your wallet, and put some more money in that basket! And if you have extra money, please buy Father Hildo’s demo!
Nick: The part is yours if you do the accent.
Joe Valencia: What are you talking about, Nick? The character doesn’t have an accent, so why should I do an accent?
Nick: Come on, Joe. Accents are funny, and funny is money.
Tito Arthur: Junior, how come you always look confused like a refugee?
Tita Yvonne: Ay, leave him alone. He’s not used to being around so many Filipinos.
Tito Arthur: How can he not be comfortable around Filipinos? He’s Filipino.