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

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$77,827 (USA) (3 October 2008)
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The Ping Pong Palace hosts two annual events: The Golden Cock Championship (in it's 15th year) and the Lil' Paddlers Tourney. See more »

Quotes

William Lin: Boo-yah!
Gerald Harcourt: That's a bad Chinese word!
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References The Bad News Bears (1976) See more »

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Day Jobbin'
Written, performed, produced and arranged by Chops
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Ingenious
21 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this movie.

Though it's not made for everyone. I'm not sure how much one would appreciate this film without a first-person experience of the Asian-American lifestyle. For those plot-bashing reviewers, the focus of this movie really isn't on the story itself. Through a "loser kid" who struggles with Chinese/American identifies, this film pokes at the stereotypes that Asian Americans live through and impose on ourselves.

Think it's boring to watch the moms gossip about their children's achievements? Think the kids exaggerate when they mention being sent to a billion after-school classes? They are fundamental characteristics of Asian American communities that we hate, joke about, and somehow can't get out of. Those scenes are a much more realistic portrayal of us yellow-skinned people, than the Hollywood movies and TV series that depict Asians as all short, small-eyed kung-fu fighters.

The movie also, through the rebellious "C-Dub", voices out against stereotypes. The Asian culture is not into the idea of protesting and you'd rarely see us in a public forum. That's why this unconventional film is so refreshing. A reviewer complained about the movie depicting Caucasians as villains with the ATTF judge making racist remarks. But the matter of fact is that similar subtle, indirect racism exists in our everyday life. Ever said "ni hao" to an Asian person without getting a very warm response? Go figure.

Ping Pong Playa portrays the modern Asian American lifestyle that's rarely known or correctly understood outside our community, and amplifies our unique cultural dilemmas into a hilarious comedy. Highly recommended.


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