Ping Pong Playa
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Christopher "C-dub" Wang is a suburban guy who sports an urban swagger, waxes political on all things Asian American, and clings to pipe dreams of a career as a pro basketball player. Blaming genetics for his failure to make the NBA, C-dub lives at home, works a dead-end job, and squirms in the shadow of his older brother, Michael, a doctor and ping pong champion. When the Wang family livelihood is threatened by a rival ping pong player's attempts to lure the kids away, C-dub begins to take things more seriously. With the National Golden Cock Tournament coming up and an injured… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent."
‑ Michael Esposito, Chicago Tribune
"The movie doesn't take its broad, jokey premise terribly far, but it manages to sustain a goofy-sweet comic energy and offers sly observations about assimilation, sibling rivalry and the art of competitive maternal bragging."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Mostly a little shrewder about stereotypes than your typical slacker comedy, deriving its edge from Yu and Tsai's mining of the cultural specificity of Asian-America for laughs"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"Ace documentarian Jessica Yu's fictional feature debut ... is mostly funny and often cute, but it suffers a bit in comparison to the very similar Foot Fist Way ..."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"If you go into Ping Pong Playa' expecting a light, predictable comedy, it would be hard to come out unsatisfied."
‑ Monika Bartyzel, Cinematical
"Ping Pong Playa falters on formula only occasionally, but otherwise remains a consistently agreeable romp that strikes just the right chord of ironic sentimentally."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"A decidedly lightweight amusement, the first comedy from documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu is the sort of movie that works best if you keep your expectations low."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"One way to break down cultural walls is assimilation, and that's where Ping Pong Playa has its dubious triumph: it's just about as generic as the next 'loser makes good by coaching kids' comedy...[Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Overall the movie was enjoyable but not amazing."
‑ Jeff Wong, Film Threat
"Asian-American cinema breaks out of its identity crisis with a comedy that is competitive with the American standard while addressing social and cultural issues particular to minority audiences."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"There's no resisting the movie's antic affability or its irreverence, even with Chris's unavoidable progression toward the mature appreciation of his roots."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"An endless stream of near-misses."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Gently pokes fun at model minority and athletic stereotypes, but gets repetitive and wears thin before the engaging plot finally kicks into gear."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"The result is has a certain silly, kid-friendly charm, and Yu astutely chose to clean up C-Dog's profane language by 'bleeping' the harsher bits with the sound of a bouncing basketball."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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