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The very funny stage routine of Filipino-American stand-up comic Jo Koy is unevenly brought to the screen in “Easter Sunday, 

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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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It is not surprising that the film's best moments are essentially Koy on stage telling jokes, 

and the second-best moments are Koy interacting with other top comics, Jimmy O. Yang and Tiffany Haddish. Everything else is a distant third 

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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! 

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That is nothing compared 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. 

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Joe also realizes he has not paid enough attention to his teenage son, Junior (Brandon Wardell),  

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I love Jo Koy’s stand-up and highly recommend his story about his mother’s response when he loses his keys.  

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

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Anyone who is not Filipino will enjoy the glimpses of details of the culture, those that are distinctive (balikbayan boxes) and those that are their version of the universal (food = love). 

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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,  

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