Ping Pong Playa
Ping Pong Playa (2007)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 9, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A gentle, light, kid friendly comedy about a Chinese-American hoopster turned ping pong pro, Playa is a charming but considerable digression from director Jessica Yu's previous works.

Leo Goldsmith

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

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune

Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent.

Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

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.

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David Cornelius

An endless stream of near-misses.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Ping Pong Playa falters on formula only occasionally, but otherwise remains a consistently agreeable romp that strikes just the right chord of ironic sentimentally.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

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 ...

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
"People always think that, you know, Chinese people are only good at math, martial arts, and mu shu pork, you know? But basketball, hey, that was really my… More
EightThirty .
Funny asian dude... Makes you laugh hard out ha ha ha
Lanning : )
Totally ridiculous and very well done : )
Rico Zamora
It's the Chinese Napoleon Dynamite!!! Except this one trades in tether-ball for ping pong (or the more "politically-correct" term: table tennis.)… More
Leigh Ryan
Stupid, but made me laugh. I ended up liking it...