Ping Pong Summer (2014)
Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 13
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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 10
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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 412
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 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
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The stakes are low throughout the film - even the bullies are mostly bluster - making the big finish an anticlimax.
[Tully achieves] a winning innocence of spirit in which performances and production design are all perfectly synched to his low-key comic vision.
It's so dedicated to the odd textures of its world that it becomes something else - personal, abstract, and strangely honest.
A ho-hum memory piece that could have used a bit more objectivity, not to mention depth and energy.
This gentle comedy, while entirely unmemorable, releases a genuine warmth that deflects harsh judgment.
"Ping Pong Summer" may not be an instant classic, but it knows its time and place. There's a humble honor in that.
Without a heavy emphasis on heart-shaped nostalgia, "Ping Pong Summer" would be nothing.
While there are substantial shortcomings to the picture, it knows how to have a good time, playing with teen cinema conventions as it checks off its laundry list of references and sense memories.
While "Ping Pong Summer" does aggressively pander to viewers' nostalgia (dig that Nike track suit, and Run-D.M.C. cassette tape!), it's also warmer and funnier than its worst jokes.
Audience Reviews for Ping Pong Summer
- Stacy Summers: Rad!
- Radford "Rad" Miracle: You look different.
- Stacy Summers: Listen... I'm so sorry things got so messed up between us, but I'm getting my life back on track and I'm off the funk punch forever.
- Radford "Rad" Miracle: What about cocaine?
- Stacy Summers: I never did cocaine, Rad. I guess you could say brain freeze was my addiction.
- Radford "Rad" Miracle: Then what was the powder you mixed into your funk punch?
- Stacy Summers: That was pixy stix. It doubled the power of my brain freeze, but from here on out, I am sugar-free stacey.
- Radford "Rad" Miracle: Good for you.
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