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  • Summary: Christopher "C-dub" Wang is a suburban guy who sports an urban swagger, waxes political on all things Asian American, and clings to pipe dreams of a career as a pro basketball player. C-dub lives at home, works a dead-end job, and squirms in the shadow of his older brother, Michael, a doctor and ping pong champion. With a family-run store devoted to all things ping pong, the Wangs' entire world revolves around the sport. But when the Wang family livelihood is threatened by a rival ping pong player's attempts to lure the kids away, C-dub begins to take things more seriously. With the National Golden Cock Tournament coming up and an injured Michael unable to defend his title, C-dub must become the player he pretends to be and defend his family's ping pong dynasty. (IFC Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong.
  2. Yu has a good time making fun of white people, in particular a pair of rival ping-pong teachers who seem inspired by the gay villains in the Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever."
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Tsai, who co-wrote the script with Yu, pulls out all the stops with his C-dub role, brimming with witty send-ups of Chinese-American cultural values and Asian stereotypes.
  4. He's a mishmash of cultural opposites, and his motormouth swagger is fitfully amusing. So is his backhand.
  5. Even the championship showdown feels polite.
  6. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Frantically paced, littered with cute kids, and overstuffed with split screens and a rap score, Ping Pong Playa angles a little too hard for tween attention, but there's no resisting the movie's antic affability or its irreverence.
  7. A decidedly lightweight amusement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. DanH.
    Sep 1, 2008
    Absolutely hilarious! Jimmy Tsai plays his role as Christopher Wang (aka C-Dub) perfectly.
  2. edh
    Jan 1, 2009
    A funny and entertaining film. Jimmy Tsai is a talented writer and actor, but his portrayal of Christopher Wang suffers from his "I think I'm black" mentality. That said Wang has some pretty hilarious riffs on whiteboys. Definitely worth the time to watch. Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2011
    I loved this movie. I just watched the Venom commercials that inspired it. And inspired it was. Jessica Yu and Jimmy Tsai with the support of their excellent producers scored high with this a winner in my opinion. It's on Netflix if you missed it at the movies. Expand
  4. luzidp
    Sep 9, 2008
    I saw this at a film fest many months ago and really enjoyed it. It parodies the sport genre movies, doesn't take itself too seriously. Usually movies featuring men who act like over grown ten-year-olds really annoy me, but the Christopher Wang character made me laugh. Expand
  5. BillB
    Sep 12, 2008
    I really, really wanted to like this movie but it just became an Asian sports movie. I felt like it should have ended every 30 seconds and been a commercial. Expand