Ping Pong Playa Synopsis
A slacker (Jimmy Tsai) must preserve his family's honor by winning a table tennis tournament.
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San Francisco Chronicle

A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

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...
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The New York Times

By Nathan Lee
A bright, nimble diversion, a quick-witted picture that's fast on its feet.
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A good, clean, fun comedy that uses a table tennis championship to crack inside jokes about Los Angeles' Chinese-American community.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Has a certain silly, kid-friendly charm.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Even the championship showdown feels polite.
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Village Voice

Frantically paced, littered with cute kids, and overstuffed with split screens and a rap score, Ping Pong Playa angles a little too hard...
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Los Angeles Times

Breathes fresh life into the tired, bloated sports-comedy formula -- while remaining utterly formulaic.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A decidedly lightweight amusement.
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By kalan38
This movie will appeal to many people of color especially those who have experienced "genetic deficiencies" according to mainstream stereotypes. The movie blasts holes against Asian American...

it was awesome

By helju
I saw it on Saturday. It is hilarious. The main character C-dub, who wishes he were a basketball star, has to help out his family teaching ping pong (and becomes a better person in the process)....

Great Family Movie

By ethans dad
This is a great family movie that you can take all the kids to see! They'll love it....


Hilarious, the way he talked made me laugh so hard....

Gotta go see it!

By mystiqu
It was sooo good. And cuz it's an Asian American independent movie, it really needs a lot of support from everyone. I was laughing hysterically! A great family movie....

Funny movie

By yonderb
Simply put, it was a funny ***movie. I would say "GO" see it, but since it's an indie flick, it won't be in theaters long, so it's a "MUST GO." Cool part of the screening was that the star of the...


By htown11
Great movie w/ fantastic humor and subtle jabs at the Chinese American community. Way to go! Jimmy Tsai is an amazing actor and captures the essence of growing up in the US as an Asian American....

Great small movie

By skyler_fox
This is a great small movie. Like a lot of independent films, this movie makes up for production values with heart. I took my daughter to see it and we had a great time. The lead and director did a...

complete rubbish

By yosser
A really poorly made movie about a rebellious younger teen/adult who is in the shadow of his older sucessful brother. There is a lot of profanity in it although it is beeped out. For instance he...


By wtkwok
I've seen this movie twice now with my wife and kids 11 and 9, and we laughed out loud through the whole thing. It is definitely a lot of fun with a very well written story and lots of unexpected...

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Rated PG-13 | For language, including some sexual remarks and drug references