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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    A decidedly lightweight amusement. show more

  • 70
    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 cultural values and Asian stereotypes. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Has a certain silly, kid-friendly charm. show more

  • 75
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    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." show more

  • 58
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Even the championship showdown feels polite. show more

  • 70
    Nathan Lee The New York Times

    A bright, nimble diversion, a quick-witted picture that's fast on its feet. show more

  • 70
    Variety

    A good, clean, fun comedy that uses a table tennis championship to crack inside jokes about Los Angeles' Chinese-American community. show more

  • 50
    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 for tween attention, but there's no resisting the movie's antic affability or its irreverence. show more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times

    Breathes fresh life into the tired, bloated sports-comedy formula -- while remaining utterly formulaic. show more

  • January 06, 2009 Li Qun Yeung
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    This movie was great. If you're Chinese-American, or you can enjoy humor from movies such as superbad, then you will definitely enjoy this movie. I thought it was a great movie and definitely worth the time to watch. I may be slightly biased because I am also Chinese, but this movie was great for me. The acting was not exceptionally great, but it was above average, and the children were great with their roles. I enjoyed the movie and was rarely ever bored. If you're looking for some kicks and fun, I suggest you try this movie out.

  • September 10, 2008 robertpalgon
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    Sunday , Sep. 7th, Hermann Luechinger and I -- two senior table tennis players from the Bay Area -- went to see the San Jose debut of a terrific new independent movie, "Ping Pong Playa" -- a movie that doesn't miss an opportunity to trigger a smile -- and a laugh. It stars a young fellow named Jimmy Tsai, who is undoubtedly destined for big things, and is directed by the Academy Award winning director, Jessica Yu.Using the vehicle of table tennis as a centerpiece, the movie hilariously explores the trying problems of one Southern California Chinese-American family trying to cope with a son caught between two cultures -- and somewhat out-of-place in each. In the process, the film weaves in members of other ethnic minorities including Indian-Americans and African-Americans, and comically contrasts some of the problems of dealing with the cultural expectations of one's own group to the problems of dealing with the stereotypes of the dominant culture.After the screening, the star, producer, and director conducted a "Q &A" at the theatre, and we all subsequently repaired to a local Billiards Parlour where two ping pong tables were reserved for the audience to take on Jimmy Tsai, the protagonist in the film.Hermann and I, playing with our classic Hardbat racquets, managed to hold our own against him, and had a lovely time speaking with all the people connected with the film.The film is playing in a few selected US cities (NY, LA, and the BayArea) -- and then only for less than a week. I urge everyone, whileyou still can, to go see this genuinely winning, tellingly-comic andquirky table tennis yarn. The movie is playing now, through Thursdayevening, Sep. 11th, at the following Bay Area theatres: Sony Metreonin SF, Shattuck in Berkeley, Cinema12 in San Jose.I would be remiss if I did not mention that we spotted several realplayers in the film that we, and many other competitive players all know, such as Barney Reed, Biba Golic, Mas Hashimoto, Diego Schaaf and Wei Wang. The last two served as consultants for the filmmakers. But all of these players appeared really very briefly.Go see the film -- if for no other reason than to watch Jimmy Tsai's bravura performance as the fabulous self-created character, "C-Dub". Robert PalgonFremont, CA

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