Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

2022, PG-13, 96 min. Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar. Starring Jo Koy, Tia Carrere, Lydia Gaston, Eugene Cordero, Tiffany Haddish, Jimmy O. Yang, Brandon Wardell, Eva Noblezada, Jay Chandrasekhar.

REVIEWED By Sarah Jane, Fri., Aug. 5, 2022

Poor Joe Valencia (Koy). He’s divorced and living in L.A. His ex-wife is married to an L.A. Kings backup to the backup goalie. He’s got a son, Joe Junior (Wardell), who goes to high school, a $35,000-a-year preparatory school where he’s getting a C- in math. Junior is sullen and is mad at his dad for being too busy to care. Joe is a stand-up comedian. He’s also an actor up for a part in a pilot. He’s missing an important meeting at Junior’s school because he had to be at the audition. His agent (the film’s director, Chandrasekhar) never wants to take his calls, even when the agent calls Joe himself. He’s always just about to “go into the Canyon” (if you know, you know). He’s got a cousin, Eugene (Cordero), who he invested $20,000 in for a taco truck, which Eugene turned into a hype truck. On top of all this, Joe’s mom (Gaston) has asked him to come back home to the Bay Area community of Daly City for Easter Sunday. He doesn’t want to go but his mom guilt-trips him into it. Joe grabs Junior and they drive up to Daly City (in a traffic-defying 4½ hours) and a day of comedy ensues.

Although Koy's comedy about a semi-dysfunctional Filipino American family is quite funny throughout, I couldn’t help feeling like I was watching an extended episode of The Joe Valencia Show. It didn’t feel or even look like a movie at all. I know Chandrasekhar has made other films, like Super Troopers and The Dukes of Hazzard, but this movie just didn’t look cinematic. As for Koy, he was like a fish out of water in this movie. He makes a better stand-up than an actor, and he never appeared like he was totally comfortable as a leading man. Also, why is Easter Sunday coming out in August?

There were a few good things about this, not least a great supporting cast including Cordero and Gaston. There are a few surprise cameos that really work, one of them providing the funniest scenes in the movie. Shout-out to Tia Carrere, who plays Joe’s Tita Theresa: It was good to see her on the big screen, even if this totally felt like a sitcom.

If we don’t have an amazing Filipino American family, we can all still relate to the familial shenanigans that revolve around a holiday. Is it worth a watch? Sure. Is it worth seeing on the big screen? Nah.

Showtimes

Sat., Aug. 13

12:45, 3:25, 6:15, 9:00

Sun., Aug. 14

1:10, 2:40, 6:15, 9:15

Mon., Aug. 15

1:25, 4:20, 7:10

Tue., Aug. 16

4:20, 7:10

Wed., Aug. 17

1:30, 4:30, 7:20

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sat., Aug. 13

11:45am, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

Sun., Aug. 14

12:50, 3:35, 6:15

Mon., Aug. 15

12:50, 3:35, 6:15

Tue., Aug. 16

12:50, 3:35, 6:15

Wed., Aug. 17

12:50, 3:35, 6:15

AMC Dine-In Tech Ridge 10

12625 N. I-35, 512/640-1533, www.amctheatres.com

Sat., Aug. 13

11:00am, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 10:45
CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 10:45

Sun., Aug. 14

11:00am, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 10:45
CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 10:45

Mon., Aug. 15

8:15, 10:45
CC/DVS 8:15, 10:45

Tue., Aug. 16

8:15, 9:45
CC/DVS 8:15, 9:45

Wed., Aug. 17

8:15, 10:45
CC/DVS 8:15, 10:45

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sat., Aug. 13

CC 4:30, 9:45
CC/DVS 4:30, 9:45

Sun., Aug. 14

CC 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00
CC/DVS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

Mon., Aug. 15

CC 2:00, 4:30, 10:00
CC/DVS 2:00, 4:30, 10:00

Tue., Aug. 16

CC 12:45, 3:30, 9:15
CC/DVS 12:45, 3:30, 9:15

Wed., Aug. 17

CC 1:15, 4:00, 10:00
CC/DVS 1:15, 4:00, 10:00

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sat., Aug. 13

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:40, 9:25

Sun., Aug. 14

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:40, 9:25

Mon., Aug. 15

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:40, 9:25

Tue., Aug. 16

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:40, 9:25

Wed., Aug. 17

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:40, 9:25

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sat., Aug. 13

digital 10:30am, 1:10, 3:55, 6:30, 9:10

Sun., Aug. 14

digital 10:30am, 1:10, 3:55, 6:30, 9:10

Mon., Aug. 15

digital 10:30am, 1:10, 3:55, 6:30, 9:10

Tue., Aug. 16

digital 10:30am, 1:10, 3:55, 6:30, 9:10

Wed., Aug. 17

digital 10:30am, 1:10, 3:55, 6:30, 9:10

Sat., Aug. 13

digital 11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15

Sun., Aug. 14

digital 11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15

Mon., Aug. 15

digital 11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sat., Aug. 13

digital 10:40am, 1:15, 3:50, 6:45, 10:30

Sun., Aug. 14

digital 10:40am, 1:15, 3:50, 6:45, 10:30

Mon., Aug. 15

digital 10:40am, 1:15, 3:50, 6:45, 10:30

Tue., Aug. 16

digital 10:40am, 1:15, 3:50, 6:45, 10:30

Wed., Aug. 17

digital 10:40am, 1:15, 3:50, 6:45, 10:30

Thu., Aug. 18

digital 10:40am, 1:15, 3:50, 6:45, 10:30

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., Aug. 13

digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Sun., Aug. 14

digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Mon., Aug. 15

digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Tue., Aug. 16

digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Wed., Aug. 17

digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Sat., Aug. 13

digital 11:45am, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

Sun., Aug. 14

digital 11:45am, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

Mon., Aug. 15

digital 11:45am, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

Tue., Aug. 16

digital 11:45am, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

Wed., Aug. 17

digital 11:45am, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

Sat., Aug. 13

1:40, 4:15, 7:40, 10:05

Sun., Aug. 14

10:45am, 1:40, 4:15, 7:40, 10:05

Mon., Aug. 15

10:45am, 1:40, 4:15, 7:40, 10:05

Tue., Aug. 16

10:45am, 1:40, 4:15, 7:40

Wed., Aug. 17

1:40, 4:15, 7:40

Thu., Aug. 18

1:40

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Sat., Aug. 13

11:05am, 9:30

Sun., Aug. 14

1:20

Mon., Aug. 15

1:30

Tue., Aug. 16

1:30

Wed., Aug. 17

1:30

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Ste. A-100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/belterra

Sat., Aug. 13

11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Sun., Aug. 14

2:00, 4:30

Mon., Aug. 15

11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Tue., Aug. 16

11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Wed., Aug. 17

11:30am, 2:00, 7:45

Thu., Aug. 18

11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sat., Aug. 13

9:15am, 11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Sun., Aug. 14

9:15am, 11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Mon., Aug. 15

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 16

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Wed., Aug. 17

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Film Alley Bastrop

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, bastrop.filmalley.net/

Sat., Aug. 13

9:55

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Sat., Aug. 13

11:45am, 4:15, 7:30, 10:30

Sun., Aug. 14

11:45am, 4:15, 7:30, 10:30

Mon., Aug. 15

11:45am, 4:10, 7:30, 10:30

Tue., Aug. 16

12:00, 4:30, 7:45, 10:45

Wed., Aug. 17

12:00, 4:30, 7:45, 10:45

Thu., Aug. 18

12:00, 4:15

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Sat., Aug. 13

CC 10:05am, 1:00, 3:55, 6:50, 9:35

Sun., Aug. 14

CC 11:05am, 2:00, 3:55, 6:50, 10:15

Mon., Aug. 15

CC 1:25, 3:55, 6:45, 10:15

Tue., Aug. 16

CC 1:00, 3:55, 6:50, 9:35

Wed., Aug. 17

CC 1:00, 3:55, 6:50, 9:35

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., Aug. 13

CC/DVS 6:50, 9:35

Sun., Aug. 14

CC/DVS 12:50, 3:45, 6:50, 9:35

Mon., Aug. 15

CC/DVS 12:50, 3:45, 6:50

Tue., Aug. 16

CC/DVS 12:50, 3:45, 6:50

Wed., Aug. 17

CC/DVS 12:50, 3:45, 6:50

Thu., Aug. 18

CC/DVS 12:50, 3:45

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Sat., Aug. 13

12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30

Sun., Aug. 14

12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10

Mon., Aug. 15

4:45, 7:10

Tue., Aug. 16

4:45, 7:10

Wed., Aug. 17

4:45, 7:10

Thu., Aug. 18

4:45, 7:10

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Sat., Aug. 13

2:00, 5:00, 8:00, 11:00

Sun., Aug. 14

2:00, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

Mon., Aug. 15

8:00, 11:00

Wed., Aug. 17

8:00, 11:00

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sat., Aug. 13

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:45, 5:30, 8:10

Sun., Aug. 14

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:45, 5:30, 8:10

Mon., Aug. 15

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:50, 6:45

Tue., Aug. 16

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:50, 6:45

Wed., Aug. 17

CC/DVS 12:35, 3:50, 6:45

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., Aug. 13

CC 2:05, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50
CC/DVS 2:05, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50

Sun., Aug. 14

CC 12:00, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50
CC/DVS 12:00, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50

Mon., Aug. 15

CC 2:30, 5:00, 7:40
CC/DVS 2:30, 5:00, 7:40

Tue., Aug. 16

CC 3:00, 5:35, 8:10
CC/DVS 3:00, 5:35, 8:10

Wed., Aug. 17

CC 3:05, 5:35, 8:15
CC/DVS 3:05, 5:35, 8:15

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 FM 620 N., Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Sat., Aug. 13

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Sun., Aug. 14

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Mon., Aug. 15

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Tue., Aug. 16

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Wed., Aug. 17

11:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Pkwy., Bldg. 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Sat., Aug. 13

10:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Sun., Aug. 14

10:00am, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Mon., Aug. 15

2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Tue., Aug. 16

2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Wed., Aug. 17

2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Thu., Aug. 18

2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7

13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158, www.southwesttheaters.com

$6.50 children and senior tickets (all-day), $5 Tuesdays (all tickets), Bargain Matinees before 5pm daily.

Sat., Aug. 13

CC 7:40, 10:10

Sun., Aug. 14

CC 7:40, 10:10

Mon., Aug. 15

CC 7:40, 10:10

Tue., Aug. 16

CC 7:40, 10:10

Wed., Aug. 17

CC 7:40, 10:10

Sat., Aug. 13

10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15

Sun., Aug. 14

12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15

Mon., Aug. 15

12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15

Tue., Aug. 16

12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15

Wed., Aug. 17

12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15

Thu., Aug. 18

12:50

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., Aug. 13

CC 1:30, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
CC/DVS 1:30, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Sun., Aug. 14

CC 1:30, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
CC/DVS 1:30, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Mon., Aug. 15

CC 12:45, 3:30, 6:00
CC/DVS 12:45, 3:30, 6:00

Tue., Aug. 16

CC 12:45, 3:30, 6:00
CC/DVS 12:45, 3:30, 6:00

Wed., Aug. 17

CC 12:45, 3:30, 6:00
CC/DVS 12:45, 3:30, 6:00

Thu., Aug. 18

CC 1:30
CC/DVS 1:30

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