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Ping Pong Playa (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  5 September 2008 (USA)
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A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.

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Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang
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Felix
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JP Money
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Mr. Wang
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Michael Wang
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Mrs. Wang
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Prabakar
Kevin Chung ...
William Lin
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Gerald Harcourt
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Jennifer
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Tom
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Cheryl Davis
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Jon Howard
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DB Reddy
Martin Chow ...
Jerry Lin
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A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.

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ping pong | asian american | See All (2) »

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Don't just win. Destroy.

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language, including some sexual remarks and drug references | See all certifications »

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5 September 2008 (USA)  »

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$30,797 (USA) (5 September 2008)

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$77,827 (USA) (3 October 2008)
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The TV show that Wang is interviewed on throughout the movies is called "Eye on East Hills with Jon Howard." The actor playing Jon Howard bears a strong resemblance to Ron Howard, star of 'Happy Days'. See more »

Quotes

Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang: Look at my one Chinese brother, man. His parents made him play the accordian for 10 years. Look what happened to him!
Jon Howard: Wha-what happened?
Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang: Homey's in tech support now, man. It hurts me, dog. It hurts me
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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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Swing Baby Swing
Composed by Joachim Rygg, Stella Mwangi and Abdul Saleh
Performed by The DNC
Courtesy of Choicetracks Music, Inc. / Position Music
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Real Chicken Soup for the Asian American Soul
8 January 2009 | by (CA, USA) – See all my reviews

As a Chinese male growing up North America, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. There are very few mainstream Asian American movies produced in the US, despite the large Asian community. Often, those that are made have a great deal of stereotypes and are made by non asians. The movie validated a lot of my feelings growing up in a traditional Chinese household, yet within an American cultural environment.

I liked this movie because it played against stereotype and made fun of the stereotypes. Real life can be really cheesy sometimes, and this movie had a lot of cheese.

From the beginning, I was startled to see a Chinese face on TV actually talking like a real person in real life, and not like a trained TV personality as a news anchor. And C-dub's character just grew on me. It was real and funny. The kids are cute. His parents were like real Chinese parents. The older smart medical brother is a stereotype but played for laughs. Even Ms Chinatown didn't look like she spoke Chinese. The Chinese would slip into the English/Chinese words in the same sentence. And thats how it really is in real life. It doesn't make sense, it lacks continuity, but its real.


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