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Ping Pong Playa Reviews

August 8, 2009
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
October 18, 2008
Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2008
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 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
September 5, 2008
A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2008
Interest in Playa lies in the fact that director Jessica Yu is a documentarian with a daring taste in subjects. Yet in her first non-doc feature, she plays it safe; even the championship showdown feels polite.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 5, 2008
There's a deeper, touching acknowledgment of braggadocio as persona, how the commodified dissent of hip-hop lends itself to masking insecurities.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 4, 2008
Aside from the casting and the location shooting, there's not much to distinguish Ping Pong Playa from Ladybugs or The Mighty Ducks.
Read More | Original Score: C
September 4, 2008
The setup has been trotted out a million times before, and the movie's novel SoCal Chinese-American milieu only partially excuses the familiarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
September 3, 2008
A winning comedy that entertainingly elevates a low-profile sport.
September 3, 2008
A good, clean, fun comedy that uses a table tennis championship to crack inside jokes about Los Angeles' Chinese-American community.
September 3, 2008
This thin premise can't sustain a feature, and the racial and gay jokes are jarring, but the child actors are cute.