GAL APPROVED! Easter Sunday Taps Into Filipino Community. Get A Little Luck With Apple TV+!By Delaina Dixon & Maureen Martin | August 5, 2022 | Gal Approved
Family Time With Easter Sunday
The new comedy Easter Sunday elevates the historically underrepresented Filipino community to the big screen. Comedian Jo Koy stars as a man returning home for an Easter celebration with his riotous, bickering, eating, drinking, laughing and loving family. His stand-up routines and personal life clearly inspired many of the film’s details, from the food to the dysfunctional family squabbles.
We love all of it, and it’s extremely relatable as a child of an immigrant family. Maybe the heist aspect, teen romance and Hollywood racist troupes didn’t all need to be in the storyline. But it was a family-friendly fun romp that we completely enjoyed. We loved seeing Lou Diamond Phillips, Tiffany Haddish and ’90s supermodel Tia Carerra doing their thing.
We were so happy that one of our friends, Debralee Daco, attended the Easter Sunday VIP screening in L.A. and shared her experience: “MY 1st HOLLYWOOD SCREENING at the World Premiere of Jo Koy’s Easter Sunday movie! It could not have been a more perfect way to celebrate our dear friends in this mostly FILIPINO cast! @themelodybutiu @rodkneetow @thelydiagaston @tiacarrere @jokoy @livevamaria @loudphillips @eugcordero. CONGRATULATIONS @eastersunday cast and crew!!! Thanks to @anthonyleonestalentmanager @shushuent for the experience to celebrate our extended Pinoy Pamilya!!! #EasterSunday #EasterSundayMovie #JoKoy #FilipinoPride #FilipinosInHollywood
See Easter Sunday, in theaters now.
Bring A Little Luck To Your Life
Ever wonder what causes us to have good or bad luck? Sam has been chased bad luck all her life. She grew up in an orphanage, and on her 18th birthday, she’s out on her own. In a stroke of unexpected luck, she finds a lucky penny, which she unfortunately loses down an automatic toilet. Sam then learns that the lucky penny belongs to a black cat who came from a magical land that makes and distributes luck. Suddenly, Sam’s off on an adventure to find the lost penny and get back to the land of humans to help a friend in need.
This animated flick is filled with adorable creatures like bunnies, piglets, unicorns, root vegetables and dragons that all play their part in bringing luck in and out of our lives. And like many animated features, there is a not-so-hidden lesson among the 100-minute play time, one that makes you realize that being in — or out of — luck is just a state of mind. And any movie that kicks off with a Madonna song is Gal-approved in our book! Luck features the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Noblezada, Jane Fonda, Simon Pegg, Flula Borg, Colin O’Donoghue, John Ratzenberger and Adelynn Spoon.
Luck premieres today on Apple TV+.
photo credit: Ed Araquel/Universal Pictures, Skydance Animation