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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang
JP Money
Mr. Wang
Michael Wang
Mrs. Wang
Kevin Chung ...
William Lin
Gerald Harcourt
Cheryl Davis
Sir Jonathan Oliver ...
Jon Howard
DB Reddy
Martin Chow ...
Jerry Lin


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) »


Don't just win. Destroy.


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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Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Игрок пинг-понга  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$77,827 (USA) (3 October 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


JP Money: When we clean these fools out, Cinnabon's on me. Cinnabons, baby!
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References The Bad News Bears (1976) See more »


Wake Up Call
Written by OD Hunte and Seyi Bello (as S. Bello)
Performed by Slic One
Published by OD Hunte (ASCAP) and S Bello (MCPS/SESAQ)
Courtesy of OD Hunte T/A Souther Cube Records
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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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