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Ping Pong Summer (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 6 June 2014 (USA)
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A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong.

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Robert Hambury ...
Old Neighbor
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Michelle Miracle (as Helena Seabrook)
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Francis J. Tully ...
Naked Burnt Man
Mary Ann Tully ...
Naked Burnt Man's Wife
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Stacy Summers
Joseph McCaughtry ...
Lyle Ace
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Dale Lyons
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Anthony
Jimmy Pelletier ...
Skateboarder
Pierce Haugh ...
Weird Pool Kid
Myles Massey ...
Teddy Fryy
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The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy 13-year-old white kid who's obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip hop. During his family's annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when you're treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you're as funky fresh as it gets. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated

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Desventuras de Verão  »

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$25,781 (USA) (8 June 2014)

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$25,781 (USA) (8 June 2014)
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The DeLorean in the motel parking lot is a reference to both Lea Thompson's famous role in Back To The Future and the year 1985, when both Ping Pong Summer and Back To The Future take place. See more »

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The movie takes place 1985, but the father's car is a 1989 Chevy Caprice. See more »

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Tough All Over
Written by John A. Cafferty Jr.
Performed by John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band
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sweet but needs better kid actors
23 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's 1985. Rad Miracle (Marcello Conte) is an awkward teen loner. He loves ping pong and hip hop. His sister Michelle (Helena Seabrook) is a bitter sarcastic teen. His parents state trooper Brendan (John Hannah) and Crandall (Lea Thompson) are cheapskates. They got a deal on their Ocean City annual summer vacation. He's infatuated with Stacy Summers. Rich kids Lyle Ace and Dale Lyons are picking on him. His new friend Teddy Fryy tells him that his next door neighbor Randi Jammer (Susan Sarandon) is a weirdo but she turns out to be a great mentor.

I really want to root for these kids. I kinda like them in their shy dorky ways. Their story is sweet and a little cliché. I like the popular girl who has a problem. The main drawback are the teen actors. I don't want to say bad things about them but they're mostly amateurs. It shows. Their dialog, their interactions and their general acting abilities are all a bit deficient. Writer/director Michael Tully needs to give Rad another dimension. He needs an awkward sense of humor or something more than just being shy. The adults are fine and I love Hannah and Thompson. Sarandon has some nice moments. Amy Sedaris has a nice fun short section. The kids need a bit more charisma.


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