Ping Pong Playa (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language, including some sexual remarks and drug references)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jessica Yu, Jimmy Tsai
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2009
IFC Films - Official Site


as Christopher "C-dub" ...

as D. B. Reddy

as Michael Wang

as Teenage Ping Pong Pl...

as Loser Kid 1

as Dan Furlie

as Mrs. Wang

as Jennifer

as Mrs. Sun

as Prabakar

as Loser Kid

as Mrs. Chen

as Mr. Wang

as JP Money

as Felix
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Critic Reviews for Ping Pong Playa

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Ping Pong Playa falters on formula only occasionally, but otherwise remains a consistently agreeable romp that strikes just the right chord of ironic sentimentally.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Totally ridiculous and very well done : )

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


Stupid, but made me laugh. I ended up liking it...

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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