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Ping Pong Playa (2007)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 11

A gentle, light, kid friendly comedy about a Chinese-American hoopster turned ping pong pro, Playa is a charming but considerable digression from director Jessica Yu's previous works.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4

A gentle, light, kid friendly comedy about a Chinese-American hoopster turned ping pong pro, Playa is a charming but considerable digression from director Jessica Yu's previous works.



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Christopher "C-dub" Wang is a suburban guy who sports an urban swagger, waxes political on all things Asian American, and clings to pipe dreams of a career as a pro basketball player. Blaming genetics for his failure to make the NBA, C-dub lives at home, works a dead-end job, and squirms in the shadow of his older brother, Michael, a doctor and ping pong champion. When the Wang family livelihood is threatened by a rival ping pong player's attempts to lure the kids away, C-dub begins to take


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Jessica Yu, Jimmy Tsai

Jan 6, 2009

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (11) | DVD (6)

Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Ping Pong Playa falters on formula only occasionally, but otherwise remains a consistently agreeable romp that strikes just the right chord of ironic sentimentally.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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There's no resisting the movie's antic affability or its irreverence, even with Chris's unavoidable progression toward the mature appreciation of his roots.

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The movie doesn't take its broad, jokey premise terribly far, but it manages to sustain a goofy-sweet comic energy and offers sly observations about assimilation, sibling rivalry and the art of competitive maternal bragging.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A decidedly lightweight amusement, the first comedy from documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu is the sort of movie that works best if you keep your expectations low.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Mostly a little shrewder about stereotypes than your typical slacker comedy, deriving its edge from Yu and Tsai's mining of the cultural specificity of Asian-America for laughs

August 8, 2009 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

One way to break down cultural walls is assimilation, and that's where Ping Pong Playa has its dubious triumph: it's just about as generic as the next 'loser makes good by coaching kids' comedy...[Blu-ray]

February 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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An endless stream of near-misses.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

Ace documentarian Jessica Yu's fictional feature debut ... is mostly funny and often cute, but it suffers a bit in comparison to the very similar Foot Fist Way ...

November 12, 2008
Los Angeles CityBeat

Overall the movie was enjoyable but not amazing.

November 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Gently pokes fun at model minority and athletic stereotypes, but gets repetitive and wears thin before the engaging plot finally kicks into gear.

November 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

If you go into Ping Pong Playa' expecting a light, predictable comedy, it would be hard to come out unsatisfied.

September 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Asian-American cinema breaks out of its identity crisis with a comedy that is competitive with the American standard while addressing social and cultural issues particular to minority audiences.

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The result is has a certain silly, kid-friendly charm, and Yu astutely chose to clean up C-Dog's profane language by 'bleeping' the harsher bits with the sound of a bouncing basketball.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Very broad humor and sloppy storytelling pave the way to a requisite Rocky ending.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Bright and hilarious, Ping Pong Playa is a so-silly-it's-smart comedy starring Jimmy Tsai, whose uproarious cinematic id, C-dub, is a character I would be happy to watch for many sequels to come.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source:

A fleet-footed, featherweight comedy riddled with cliches, but nonetheless charming and winning.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Ping Pong Playa

"People always think that, you know, Chinese people are only good at math, martial arts, and mu shu pork, you know? But basketball, hey, that was really my thing back in the day, you know what I'm saying? I used to play on the JV squad."

Ping Pong Playa is about Christopher "C-Dub" Wang. He's an underachieving, lazy young adult who has no ambitions. He spends his time playing video games, reading comic books, and making up excuses about why he's not in the NBA. Obviously it's genetic, he is Chinese and says that we are all short. He starts teaching a ping pong class and ultimately ends up competing in a ping pong competition in order to keep his families ping pong business thriving.

Honestly I expected to find Ping Pong Playa horrible. It's anything but horrible though. Jimmy Tsai as C-Dub was great. The ping pong scenes were really well done. The movie was very funny and had a lot to say about different stereotypes, such as Chinese people can't drive. Ping Pong Playa turned out to be a cool little movie. Hey, it beats Balls of Fury.
July 9, 2011
Melvin White

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Totally ridiculous and very well done : )
August 25, 2010

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Funny asian dude...
Makes you laugh hard out ha ha ha
January 16, 2010

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