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Ping Pong Summer (2014)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 10

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
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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 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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Comedy

Michael Tully

Aug 5, 2014

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The stakes are low throughout the film - even the bullies are mostly bluster - making the big finish an anticlimax.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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[Tully achieves] a winning innocence of spirit in which performances and production design are all perfectly synched to his low-key comic vision.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's so dedicated to the odd textures of its world that it becomes something else - personal, abstract, and strangely honest.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A ho-hum memory piece that could have used a bit more objectivity, not to mention depth and energy.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This gentle comedy, while entirely unmemorable, releases a genuine warmth that deflects harsh judgment.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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"Ping Pong Summer" may not be an instant classic, but it knows its time and place. There's a humble honor in that.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Without a heavy emphasis on heart-shaped nostalgia, "Ping Pong Summer" would be nothing.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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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.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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Summer coming-of-age tale is high on nostalgia, low on plot.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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It offers a Pixy Stix rush of nostalgia that wears off quickly.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

1980s nostalgia again, served up family-style, but all too wanly.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Growing up is a universal process of life to which anyone will be able to connect. "Ping Pong Summer" perfectly encapsulates this feeling, born out of the nostalgia of youth and times long past.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
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Audience Reviews for Ping Pong Summer

Tonally perfect and musically intriguing, "Ping Pong Summer" is a very retro-eqsue film with very little originality, but a very amusing plot that overshadows it's cliches. It may not be the best film out there, but the dumb humour and over-the-top tribute to the 80's is so good that it begins working against it. Don't get me wrong, this is a very fun indie flick that you can easily have fun with, but it's written as a very run-of-the-mill screenplay and therefore there is not much to get attached to. Even though the film has life lessons sprinkled throughout, they are done so dramatically and epically that is feels intentional, and I am still not sure if that is what they had in mind. The cast is good enough for what the story is and they portray their characters well enough to pass by the picture. By the end of this film, the cliches became predictable and you will see the ending coming from a mile away, but I will give credit to where credit is due. "Ping Pong Summer" has an awesome soundtrack and the story is so cliched that it makes it that much more fun. I'll admit, I had quite a bit of fun watching it, so I'll warrant it a mild recommendation.
August 30, 2014
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    1. Stacy Summers: Rad!
    2. Radford "Rad" Miracle: You look different.
    3. 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.
    4. Radford "Rad" Miracle: What about cocaine?
    5. Stacy Summers: I never did cocaine, Rad. I guess you could say brain freeze was my addiction.
    6. Radford "Rad" Miracle: Then what was the powder you mixed into your funk punch?
    7. Stacy Summers: That was pixy stix. It doubled the power of my brain freeze, but from here on out, I am sugar-free stacey.
    8. Radford "Rad" Miracle: Good for you.
    – Submitted by Larry M (2 months ago)
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