Ping Pong Playa
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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.
Please keep in mind that the watcher of this movie is about 17 - her Mom wasn't as huge a fan of this as she was. So keep that in mind before viewing. LOL.
What I liked:
- Ping pong scenes were ok
- Fun, moved along
- Pretty clean fun
What I didn't like:
- Another victim of Asian identity crisis. The star ping pong player wants to be black. Sigh .... it so sad to see one culture ripping off another culture which I think demeans both cultures.
- How Christopher (main character) turns into this crazy good ping pong player doesn't ring true
SUMMARY: I think they tried hard in this film and although I just think it was ok, I don't think it was a total fail. However, I don't think I would recommend this to anyone to buy, maybe just rent?
This movie is entertaining for all audiences, but many of the jokes may be lost on those not familiar with Chinese culture and the Mandarin Chinese language. The movie is in English, but Mandarin is spoken occasionally both by Wong's family and his best friend, an African-American who studies Chinese at the community center.
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silly and entertaining pretty clean great to watch if you need someone just entertaining. Sillyness all over. Check it outPublished on May 29, 2014 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 on January 29, 2014 by D. Kim
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