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Way of the Puck (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Sport | October 2010 (USA)
A caricaturist, a clinical psychologist, a Buddhist wanderer, and an importer of wind-up musical jewelry boxes battle each other for air hockey world domination--and battle the world to save their beloved sport from extinction.

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Mark Robbins ...
Mark the Guru
Michael Rosen ...
Michael the Entrepreneur
Tim Weissman ...
Tim the Ex-Champ
Andy Yevish ...
Andy the Promoter
Lou Marinoff ...
Lou the Philosopher
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What is it like to be a champion at a sport nobody knows about? A caricaturist, a clinical psychologist, a Buddhist wanderer, and an importer of wind-up musical jewelry boxes battle each other for air hockey world domination, and battle the world to save their beloved sport from extinction. Way of the Puck examines air hockey's brief but tumultuous history and mythology-from its unlikely connection to NASA during the Cold War, to the contemporary brand of of ESPN-ready, high-octane, professional level play, to its current existential crisis. Explore air hockey's tangled roots and discover a passionate community of players who devote their lives to the mastery of a forgotten arcade game. Open your mind. Air hockey still loves you. Written by The Administration

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A documentary film about professional air hockey. Really.

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If not quite a great film, it's an enjoyable and human one
3 January 2015 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately and unfairly this lies in the shadow of the similar, better known, and arguably better made "King of Kong" which came out a year later, Both are funny but compassionate looks at the 'outsider' communities of adults who play a kids game in a serious, competitive way. Both poke gentle fun at those who have made these 'sports' the center of their lives (air hockey in the case of "Way of the Puck", old-fashioned arcade video games in the case of "King of Kong"). But both also show admiration for the dedication and passion shown by those who form these communities of misfits.

"The Way of the Puck" is entertaining, although it does get a bit repetitive at times. It also makes a decent case for why air-hockey really IS a sport, and just how hard it is to play it really, really well. If not quite a great film, it's an enjoyable and human one.


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