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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
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    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
    70
    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
    50
    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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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Mar 26, 2011
    9
    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. Collapse

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