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Ping Pong Summer (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Radical Miracle
Robert Hambury ... Old Neighbor
Helena May Seabrook ... Michelle Miracle (as Helena Seabrook)
... Brendan Miracle
... Crandall Miracle
Francis J. Tully ... Naked Burnt Man
Mary Ann Tully ... Naked Burnt Man's Wife
... Stacy Summers
Joseph McCaughtry ... Lyle Ace
... Dale Lyons
... Anthony
Jimmy Pelletier ... Skateboarder
Pierce Haugh ... Weird Pool Kid
Myles Massey ... Teddy Fryy
... Randi Jammer
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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 | Sport

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Desventuras de Verão  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$25,781, 8 June 2014, Limited Release

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$25,781, 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 story is set during the summer of 1985. Lyle's car radio plays Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings", a song that was released in September 1985 (after the summer) and only became a hit record at the end of 1985. See more »

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Teddy Fryy: See that Icee cup she's always got in her hand? Well, that's not an Icee she's drinking. It's funk punch.
Radical Miracle: What's funk punch?
Teddy Fryy: Funk punch is where you combine an Icee with Pop Rocks and Pixy Stix and sometimes even COCAINE and drink it really fast. She's a funk punch junkie.
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Popcorn Love
Written by Larry Curtis Johnson and Michael Edwin Johnson
Performed by New Edition
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Not inspiring and engaging as I hoped
19 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

This film is about a teenager who takes up ping pong ball by chance during a family summer holiday in a seaside town.

I guess this film is more about the story than the acting, but I still think "Ping Pong Summer" can be better in this aspect. The teenage actors are not very convincing, only the Gothic sister is good. The plot is probably supposed to be inspiring, but it turns out to be very flat and not very engaging. Maybe it's because there's no ups then downs, or maybe there's not enough intensive training, or the psychological motivation to win is not presented to be strong enough. The plot fails to interest me. I wonder why Susan Sarandon got involved with this project. And the film could have cast all unknowns to save on budget.


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