Ping Pong Playa

2007, Comedy, 1h 36m

33 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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A slacker (Jimmy Tsai) must preserve his family's honor by winning a table tennis tournament.

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Critic Reviews for Ping Pong Playa

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (12)

  • 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…
  • Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There is nothing charming about this man, nothing that makes him loveable, and if he was even slightly worthy of my sympathies and my understanding I certainly didn't see it watching this.

    September 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There is nothing charming about this man, nothing that makes him loveable, and if he was even slightly worthy of my sympathies and my understanding I certainly didn't see it watching this.

    September 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An endless stream of near-misses.

    January 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ping Pong Playa

  • Jul 09, 2011
    "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 W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2010
    Totally ridiculous and very well done : )
    Lanning : Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2010
    Stupid, but made me laugh. I ended up liking it...
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2009
    This movie was GREAT!!!
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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