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Ping Pong Summer 2014 NR CC

3.4 out of 5 stars (71) IMDb 5.4/10

In the summer of 1985, an awkward 13-year-old white kid obsessed with hip hop and ping pong takes a family vacation that will show the entire boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland that he's as funky fresh as it gets.

Starring:
Marcello Conte, Robert Hambury
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Genres Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Michael Tully
Starring Marcello Conte, Robert Hambury
Supporting actors Helena May Seabrook, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Francis J. Tully, Mary Ann Tully, Emmi Shockley, Joseph McCaughtry, Andy Riddle, Judah Friedlander, Jimmy Pelletier, Pierce Haugh, Myles Massey, Susan Sarandon, Summer McCabe, Kaylea Collavinni, Susanna Herrick, Dara Pappas, Oakley Moran
Studio GRAVITAS VENTURES
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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By Sean M. Mcveigh on June 6, 2014
Format: Amazon Video
So I'm from Maryland, not too far from where the writer/director grew up. I have been to Ocean City, MD plenty of times, in the 1980's amd I loved hip-hop when it was called rap in the 1980's. I can really appreciate what the director attempted and mostly sucdeeded in doing here which is not to create a movie clearly made in one time, looking back on another, but instead a movie that looks and feels like it cam directly from the 1980's.

The acting is not as engaging as the movie The Way, Way Back or Adventureland but what it lacks from some of it's actors it gets right in feel and a real understanding of the time. This really deserves a rental from you if you experienced that time as a young person or teenager and wouldn't mind going back to visit for a while.
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Format: Blu-ray
I gave it 5 stars, not because the film is perfect, but because 5 stars on Amazon indicates "I love it" and indeed I do. I read an article that said Ocean City, MD, the beachside tourist community in which this film is based, has not changed much since the 1980s. This would partially explain why the director, cast and crew have managed to capture the feel of that decade on a limited budget. It reminds me of a deliberately campier version of "The Way, Way Back" -- everything about the movie is deliberate, and that's why it succeeds. If it tried to be heavy-handed and poignant, one might see right through it. But it's hard to be dismissive about a movie that loves its era so much that it exacerbates some of the goofiest parts about it in order to further endear to that time and this particular place. It really made me want to visit Ocean City (we have a town like it where I am originally from called Seaside, OR) and blast New Edition on my car stereo. They are selling the soundtrack to the film on cassette tape on their website; that's how dedicate they are to this craft of nostalgia. Buy this movie if you love the 80s and coming of ages stories. Buy it now. And RIP, Casey Kasem!
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By K. on June 9, 2014
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Ping Pong Summer may have what seems like the simple premise of “Boy Meets Bully, Boy Fights Bully in A Sport,” but this movie manages to capture the spirit of 80s movies like the Karate Kid perfectly while cramming in enough 80s aesthetics, music, and food to make even the most retrophiliac happy. It has pretty big 80s names attached to it, such as Lea Thomspon and Susan Sarandon, and they both deliver as they always have. There’s some new talent in this movie as well, and Marcello Conte manages to capture all the awkwardness of being a 13-year old boy on a summer vacation with your parents. It’s a fun movie, bright and colorful as you would expect, giving you a peek into Ocean City at its most radical.
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LOVED THIS FILM. If you get it, you get it and you're in for the ride. If you don't, then you won't understand the greatness of it. This and FDR American Badass are my 2 favorite indie comedies of the year.
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Ping Pong Summer is definitely my favorite film of the summer so far.
Great characters, hilarious and witty moments, rad 80s music - it made me nostalgic for a time that was before I was even born.
This movie is just an all around good time, and clean enough for the whole family without being too childish.
It will make you long for days of summers past and make you wish that you too could have Susan Sarandon as your ping pong coach.
I'd really recommend this movie to anyone! It has lovable characters (and some you'll love to hate), a hilarious family dynamic, and beautifully captures those long summer days and innocent first loves.
Now what are you waiting for? Stop reading this review and go watch it already! You won't regret it.
5 STARS ALL AROUND.
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All of humanity can be divided into two categories: (1) those who have seen this movie, and (2) those who have not seen this movie.

Similarly, my life can be divided into two stages: (1) my life before seeing this movie, and (2) my life after having seen this movie.

Way better than the reviews if you fit/appreciate a certain demographic. I am in that targeted audience. I am forty. I am white. I am pretty nerdy. I like ping-pong. I used to attempt to breakdance in the 1980's. I had a Michael Jackson zipper jacket just like in the "Beat It" video. I like very early rap music.

This movie played like a home movie filmed inside my memories of 1984-1986. No part of this movie knowingly pokes fun at the 80s. There is no winking at the camera or mugging it up for the audience. The script/characters are earnest. They are in the 80s. From that earnestness, a ton of humor is derived.
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I really love the 80s nostalgia in Ping Pong Summer, even though I didn’t grow up during that time. The young teenagers really made this film relatable – Rad and his best friend Teddy are awkward and charming, and I couldn’t help but think of how I used to act when I was their age. Seeing how Rad’s crush on Stacy played out definitely reminded me of my first romantic experiences! Susan Sarandon’s character was by far my favorite, though. She plays Randi, Rad’s ping-pong mentor, but even more than that, she teaches him confidence and the importance of standing up for yourself. Overall, Ping Pong Summer is an entertaining film, and I really enjoyed seeing these young characters during their coming-of-age. I definitely recommend it as a lighthearted and fun summer movie!
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