Being the child of immigrants is a complicated way to grow up, and as Hollywood has continued to diversify the stories being told, audiences, whether you can relate or not, can grapple and normalize with this topic. After hit movies like Everything Everywhere All At Once and Turning Red started these discussions this year, comedian Jo Koy is getting in on this with his new movie, Easter Sunday.
The comedy, which is in theaters this weekend, is the first movie from a Hollywood studio that features an all-Filipino cast. Amidst the movie breaking ground in representation, Jo Koy spoke to CinemaBlend about how growing up half-Filipino in particular has affected his life:
Growing up in an interracial family is not easy on its children, because as Jo Koy told CinemaBlend’s Law Sharma during their Easter Sunday interviews, you’re often stuck between two different cultures. Jo Koy’s father was a white American man who was in the United States Air Force and stationed in the Philippines when he met and married Koy’s mother. Koy grew up in Washington and Las Vegas before pursuing stand-up comedy, which has led to a number of his own specials over the years. Koy continued:
With Easter Sunday, Jo Koy is given a platform to really talk through the “identity crisis” that comes with growing up from two different cultures. And as the comedian shared, he often didn’t feel like he belonged to either because both communities would reject him for not being completely one way or the other.
Easter Sunday, which also stars Jimmy O. Yang, Lilo & Stitch voice actress Tia Carrere, Eva Maria Noblezada, Lydia Gaston, and Eugene Cordero, among others, is set around a family gathering to celebrate Easter Sunday. It also has storylines based on Jo Koy’s life experiences in comedy.
The new comedy movie opens in theaters this weekend alongside Bullet Train, which is expected to win the weekend with a $32 million debut, per Box Office Pro. Easter Sunday is projected to open at around $4.8 million behind a number of projects like last weekend’s No. 1 DC League of Super-Pets, along with 2022 movie releases like Nope, Thor: Love and Thunder, Minions: Rise of Gru and Top Gun: Maverick still making money in theaters.
A movie like Easter Sunday that discusses Jo Koy’s mixed race experience is rare. So no matter what it makes, seeing it hit the big screen and perhaps reach the right people is a great step in the right direction for Hollywood representation.
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