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About the Movie
The year is 1985. Rad Miracle (Marcello Conte) 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 (Susan Sarandon). 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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 31
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 5.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: This gentle comedy, while entirely unmemorable, releases a genuine warmth that deflects harsh judgment.
Fresh: A fun-but-slight coming-of-age story about an awkward Maryland teenager who becomes, well, not a man exactly, but a slightly more comfortable teenager, on a family vacation during the magical summer of 1985.
Fresh: [Tully achieves] a winning innocence of spirit in which performances and production design are all perfectly synched to his low-key comic vision.
Rotten: A ho-hum memory piece that could have used a bit more objectivity, not to mention depth and energy.
Ping Pong Summer
In the age of Marvel 3D CG BS in the theaters, this movie not only is nostalgic for 30-40somethings being set in the 80's, it captures all the awkwardness EVERY teenager goes through. It's an instant cult classic. The casting, directing and script is brilliant and it can even be considered a family movie. Is that possible in an indie film?
The good guys do it again! All around! Definitely peep it! And what other soundtrack will you hear Til Tuesday and Mantronix? DO IT!
Saw this film at Sundance… it is a love letter to growing up in the 1980’s and is good family fun for tweens on up. Not a drop of cynicism— the film loves its characters. Highly recommend for those looking for a sweet, big-hearted comedy.
Apple should have made sure this was categorized as an indie. Great example of the genre. Awkward here and there but altogether Ping Pong Summer paints a wonderful portrait of the Maryland Shore scene in the 80's. Also- research Susan Sarandon & Ping Pong... There's a lot of meta-cult references there too!