Jo Koy's Movie Easter Sunday Just Dropped Its First Trailer, And It Already Looks Hilarious

Lucky Fil-Ams and OFWs will get to watch the movie in cinemas on August 5. 
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The Filipino diaspora is finally getting its first-ever studio film—and Jo Koy is leading the way. Filipino-American families have been represented in a number of independent films, like The Debut (2000) and The Fabulous Filipino Brothers (2021), but Jo Koy’s upcoming movie Easter Sunday will be the first studio film to center on a Filipino-American family, according to Entertainment Weekly. 

Here’s the first look at Easter Sunday: 

In the movie’s first trailer, we’re greeted with familiar and nostalgic Filipino family traditions: unlimited karaoke, family quarrels, balikbayan boxes, and the quintessential… Filipino daughter who was forced to become a nurse. Of course, we’ve also got the shady uncle, the dim-witted cousin, and the shared worship for Manny Pacquiao—and these aren’t even part of the main plot. 

The movie will follow Jo Koy’s character Josep (you read that right) as he returns to his hometown and all its family drama with his son, played by Brandon Wardell, in tow. They arrive just in time for Easter Sunday, which Josep accurately points out is the “Filipino Super Bowl.” 

Josep is then tasked with resolving the family feud between his mother and her sister. As the titas quarrel, Josep must deal with even more absurd and hilarious family drama, all while trying to stay sane. 

Sounds like another weekend in a Filipino home. 

Described as a “love letter” to the Filipino-American community, Easter Sunday features a star-studded Filipino-American cast, which includes: Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Eva Noblezada, Lydia Gaston, Rodney To, Eugene Cordero, and Lou Diamond Phillips. Asian-American actors are also in the cast, including Jimmy O. Yang, Asif Ali, and Jay Chandrasekhar. Comedian Tiffany Haddish, who is a close friend of Jo Koy, will also make an appearance. 

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The film is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and written by Ken Cheng. Easter Sunday is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, and executive produced by Jo Koy, Jessica Gao, Yang, Cheng, Joe Meloche, Nick Reynolds, and Seth William Meier. 

According to Koy, Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg had a hand in getting the film made. After watching Koy’s second comedy special on Netflix, Coming in Hot, Spielberg connected Koy to the producers who would go on to make the film. 

“He just loved the stories about my mom and our relationship…He just enjoyed that dynamic, and he enjoyed the storytelling, and he was like, ‘I want to make this story a reality,’” said Koy to EW. 

Despite being a comedy, Koy emphasizes that the movie is not about mocking Filipinos. 

“The one thing I said the most when we were writing is ‘I'm not making fun of my family, and we're not going to make fun of our food and our culture.’ That's not what we're doing here. We're going to represent my family, and we're going to represent my culture,” said Koy.

The movie, which was only announced early last year, will be released in cinemas by Universal Pictures on August 5.

No word yet on when or where Easter Sunday will premiere in the Philippines.

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