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Ping Pong Playa
Ping Pong Playa
Actors: Jimmy Tsai, Roger Fan, Shelley Malil, Alexander Agate, Percival Arcibal
Director: Jessica Yu
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family
PG-13     2009     1hr 36min

You'll have a ball with this heartwarming, hilarious comedy! Christopher "C-dub" Wang is a Chinese-American gangsta-rapper wannabe with outrageous, and unlikely, dreams of becoming a pro basketball star. When his ping pong...  more »


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Actors: Jimmy Tsai, Roger Fan, Shelley Malil, Alexander Agate, Percival Arcibal
Director: Jessica Yu
Creators: Jimmy Tsai, Frank G. DeMarco, Jessica Yu, Zene Baker, Anne Clements, Jeffrey Gou, Joan Huang
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Family Films
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/06/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Movie Reviews

Funniest Movie I've Seen in Ages
V. K. Lin | Eugene, OR United States | 12/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First saw this at the Eugene DisOrient Asian Film Festival over a year ago. Funniest movie I've seen in ages. Minimal spoilers below...

This is the story of a younger son in a Chinese-American family who is struggling with his identity and his cultural responsibility. His elder brother is a ping pong champion, and the entire family's finances are contingent on the reputation of the family and their performance at a local ping pong tournament. You can figure out the rest from there.

But this charming, hilarious, incredibly well-thought out movie by relative movie unknowns has more class, humor, and intelligence than most mainstream Hollywood comedies I've seen. The vast majority of the humor is applicable to all races, all cultures, all walks of life... there are a few jokes and intimations specific to the Asian-American community... but I loved this movie so much I pre-ordered the DVD, feeling grateful that it actually made it out of it's film festival beginnings (into limited more mainstream release, but not where I live), onto DVD.

It's based on the classic athletic competition motif. The oppressive, aggressive professional athlete coming to take over small local town ping pong hero. Family obligation. Cultural expectations. Identity/social self-exploration/finding. Touching characters with some depth.

The humor is classy, clever, witty. It is not very subtle, just outright fun. Language is pretty clean for a comedy, but still has quite a bit of profanity (teenage locker room talk) that is partially obscured by the sound of a bouncing ball or ping pong paddle hit or similar as a sort of tongue-in-cheek (ha, that's a pun!) censor. Depending on your sensitivity to this sort of thing, appropriate for teens (13-14+), but prepare to cover the ears of your child if younger. Subject material is otherwise pretty clean, and appropriate for even younger than teenaged kids.

It's a great film, IMO.

Such a hilarious movie!
Gloria | 05/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I actually just saw this film at UC Davis' Asian American Association Film Festival tonight and had to immediately order the dvd online. It's that good! This movie is unbelievably hilarious and I found it really refreshing to watch a film that brings Asian stereotypes to light while making it funny. While a lot of the jokes are specific to Asian-Americans, I think anyone can appreciate the humor overall. Jimmy Tsai also did a Q&A after tonight's showing of this movie and was just awesome to talk to. So basically, it's a really great movie! Loved it!!!"
Pretty good, pretty funny
B. Pinson | Cordova, TN | 03/01/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was just about what I was thinking it would be. It was funny throughout but not just hilarious.

There is a good bit of profanity along with f-bombs that are presented as "f(sound of a ping-pong ball hiting a hard surface)k". So I don't know if it is for younger kids. Many of the profanities are hidden but not completely.

The story is good and kept me interested. There is a lot of humor though I don't think it is most people's type of humor and I felt like there were some aspects I didn't think were funny but felt like it was intended to be funny.

I will probably watch it again sometime. There's a lot of ping-pong in the movie."
Rent it. Buy it.
P. R. McCoy | Bothell, WA USA | 08/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie started me laughing and I never stopped. It was great fun. It felt like "Strictly Ballroom" meets a hyper "Napolean Dynomite". Very fun.

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