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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 champion brother gets hurt, it's up to C-dub to pick up the paddle and save the family business. But when he's facing off against a devious rival player in the ping pong tournament of the year, will C-dub be up to the challenge? With some surprising help from an unusual group of kids, anything could happen!
Jessica Yu's Ping Pong Playa is that rare film unlikely to appeal to a director's usual fan base. Best known as a documentary filmmaker, her first feature targets a completely different audience. In it, co-writer/production accountant Jimmy Tsai plays Christopher "C-dub" Wang, a Los Angeles-based, basketball-obsessed, Chinese-American slacker. Chris shares his enthusiasm for urban culture with African-American best friend J.P. Money (Khary Payton). J.P., in turn, has been taking Chinese-language lessons, so the cultural exchange doesn't just run one way. Unfortunately for Chris, his family lives for ping-pong, a pursuit in which he has little interest. When his mother (Elizabeth Sung, The Joy Luck Club) and brother, Michael (Roger Fan, Better Luck Tomorrow), are injured in a minor traffic accident, however, they recruit him to help run their supply store and to teach table tennis at the local community center. Since Chris has just lost a gig hawking cell phones at the mall, he's in no position to decline. Along with some Asian-American youngsters, both Chinese and East Asian, who hunger for a cool role model, Chris changes from the world's laziest human being into something that almost resembles a respectable member of society. With its antic humor and underage hijinks, Yu's self-proclaimed popcorn comedy offers more mainstream appeal than her inventive documentaries In the Realms of the Unreal and Protagonist (she won the Oscar for non-fiction short Breathing Lessons). If the loud-mouthed Chris can be fairly off-putting at first, her affectionate representation of his multicultural world rings true. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
As a ping pong lover with few movies to look for, I was thrilled to find this. But it's just ok.
What I liked:
- Ping pong scenes were ok
- Fun, moved... Read more
Very Funny movie you can watch with your thirteen year old. Great message for those who take them selves too seriously.Published 6 months ago by Gilbert R.Rodriguez
This movie is fun! The kids will love it! Chris may seem like a slacker at first, but it becomes clear that 'C-Dub' loves the kids! He inspires them all and they look up to him. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jennifer Wright
This is a terrific movie. A hit with the kids (ages 7 to 14) and adults.Published 13 months ago by John
silly and entertaining pretty clean great to watch if you need someone just entertaining. Sillyness all over. Check it outPublished 15 months ago by James Moratti
Hilarious movie. Good for kids. I'd like to say that this is an unknown gem of a movie, especially if you like ping pong and grew up in an Asian family...Published 19 months ago by D. Kim
I purchased this as a gift for someone who wanted it. I have not watched it - but the person who received it LOVES it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Horrible movie... I could only watch about 5 minutes of it before it became too ridiculous to bear... Not worth your time!!!Published on August 25, 2013 by Izzy B