Ping Pong Summer (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ping Pong Summer (2014)



Critic Consensus: This Summer remembrance is brimming with nostalgic flourishes and easygoing charm, but is as stubbornly weightless as a Ping Pong ball.

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The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy 13-year-old white kid who's obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip hop. During his family's annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when you're treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you're as funky fresh as it gets. (c) Gravitas

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Susan Sarandon
as Randi Jammer
Lea Thompson
as Mrs. Miracle
Amy Sedaris
as Aunt Peggy
John Hannah
as Mr. Miracle
Quinn McColgan
as Team Lyle
Marcello Conte
as Radford "Rad" Miracle
Andy Riddle
as Dale Lyons
Helena May Seabrook
as Michelle Miracle
Chelsea Reba
as Party Girl
Emmi Shockley
as Stacy Summers
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Critic Reviews for Ping Pong Summer

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (20)

The stakes are low throughout the film - even the bullies are mostly bluster - making the big finish an anticlimax.

June 19, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[Tully achieves] a winning innocence of spirit in which performances and production design are all perfectly synched to his low-key comic vision.

June 6, 2014 | Full Review…
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It's so dedicated to the odd textures of its world that it becomes something else - personal, abstract, and strangely honest.

June 6, 2014 | Full Review…

While "Ping Pong Summer" does aggressively pander to viewers' nostalgia (dig that Nike track suit, and Run-D.M.C. cassette tape!), it's also warmer and funnier than its worst jokes.

June 6, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A ho-hum memory piece that could have used a bit more objectivity, not to mention depth and energy.

June 5, 2014 | Full Review…

This gentle comedy, while entirely unmemorable, releases a genuine warmth that deflects harsh judgment.

June 5, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ping Pong Summer

I liked some things about this movie and others not so much. First the pluses - I loved the 80's setting and the quaint little town it is set in. It bought back a lot of 80's memories and familiar sights (and fashions). Just based on this alone, I liked it. Now the not so good - the ping pong. I mean, okay, it's in the title. I can't claim to be shocked that this movie is a lot about ping pong. But wow. Boring. The young cast are unknowns. I guess I can understand why they went that way as it does help the feel of the movie to not be distracted by famous faces. Though not all of them are great. It kind of has the feel of an 80's movie you could rent for $2 on video and never have heard of. Probably exactly what they were going for. The older cast include Amy Sedaris, Lea Thompson and Susan Sarandon. Overall a movie I liked but didn't love.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Tonally perfect and musically intriguing, "Ping Pong Summer" is a very retro-eqsue film with very little originality, but a very amusing plot that overshadows it's cliches. It may not be the best film out there, but the dumb humour and over-the-top tribute to the 80's is so good that it begins working against it. Don't get me wrong, this is a very fun indie flick that you can easily have fun with, but it's written as a very run-of-the-mill screenplay and therefore there is not much to get attached to. Even though the film has life lessons sprinkled throughout, they are done so dramatically and epically that is feels intentional, and I am still not sure if that is what they had in mind. The cast is good enough for what the story is and they portray their characters well enough to pass by the picture. By the end of this film, the cliches became predictable and you will see the ending coming from a mile away, but I will give credit to where credit is due. "Ping Pong Summer" has an awesome soundtrack and the story is so cliched that it makes it that much more fun. I'll admit, I had quite a bit of fun watching it, so I'll warrant it a mild recommendation.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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