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Ping Pong Playa (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 5 September 2008 (USA)
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A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.

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Jessica Yu
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Tsai ... Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang
Andrew Vo ... Felix
Khary Payton ... JP Money
Jim Lau ... Mr. Wang
Roger Fan ... Michael Wang
Elizabeth Sung ... Mrs. Wang
Javin Reid ... Prabakar
Kevin Chung Kevin Chung ... William Lin
Peter Paige ... Gerald Harcourt
Smith Cho ... Jennifer
Scott Lowell ... Tom
Stephnie Weir ... Cheryl Davis
Sir Jonathan Oliver Sir Jonathan Oliver ... Jon Howard
Shelley Malil ... DB Reddy
Martin Chow ... Jerry Lin
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Storyline

A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't just win. Destroy.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, including some sexual remarks and drug references | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Игрок пинг-понга See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,797, 7 September 2008

Gross USA:

$77,907

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,907
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cherry Sky Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Ping Pong Palace hosts two annual events: The Golden Cock Championship (in it's 15th year) and the Lil' Paddlers Tourney. See more »

Quotes

Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang: And I told her, "Whoa now, no one takes a ride on this Orient Express without paying for a ticket!"
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Connections

References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Make Noise
Written by Lalo Davis of Five Stone
Performed by Five Stone
Scratches by DJ Custo of The Fingerbangers
Published by November Sixteenth Publishing (ASCAP)
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One of the stranger sports films of all time.
24 June 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The title of this film was a bit confusing--as is the main character. "Ping Pong Playa" is hip-hop for "Ping Pong PLAYER". Chris is a very annoying young man. He has visions of becoming an NBA star--though he is in his 20s, never played a higher level of basketball than junior varsity and he's really not that good. In fact, he's a pathetic loser who plays pick-up games for cash....against children! He also talks like a hip-hop wannabe--something that is strange coming from a Chinese-American. And, to top it off, he's very annoying and a guy who's easy to dislike.

Chris goes through life losing jobs and amounting to nothing until one day there is an accident. His mother and brother have their wrists injured--and this is a problem as the family (aside from Chris) are ping pong wizards--owning their own ping pong store and being ping pong champs. So, it's up to Chris to take over the class--and he teaches the kids next to nothing. Yet, oddly, they idolize him. What's next? See this incredibly strange sports movie and find out for yourself. Will Chris rise to the occasion or will he continue to be an embarrassment to his hardworking family?

There were a few things I liked about the film--beginning with the words from the opening rap song. I also loved the little kids--they were cute and provided interesting 'friends' for Chris. And, I liked how ridiculous Chris looked driving a teeny, tiny motor scooter! My only reservations are that the film is formulaic (and aren't most sports films?) and Chris is a bit too annoying at times and he really is awfully easy to hate. Still, it's a cute little independent film and I'd like to see more from these folks. Worth seeing.


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