Writer and director Michael Tully’s latest film Ping Pong Summer has such a strong personal connection a more apt title may be “How I Spent My Summer Vacation—in 1985”. Tully is clearly a product of the 80’s and Ping Pong Summer is a radical reflection of that. This eighties-sploitation encapsulates what made the 1980’s such an infamous decade—including homages of everything from Karate Kid to Fast Time at Ridgemont High to everyone’s favorite Rad. While the references are intriguing and varied, not enough is done to forge its own legacy.
In the film Marcello Conte plays Rad Miracle, a teenager obsessed with hip hop and ping-pong. He brings his obsession on his annual family vacation to Ocean City,