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, racist 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. Written by
The DeLorean in the motel parking lot is a reference to both Lea Thompson's famous role in Back To The Future and the year 1985, when both Ping Pong Summer and Back To The Future take place. See more »
The movie takes place 1985, but the father's car is a 1989 Chevy Caprice. See more »
Pretend it's the Karate Kid, but lower the stakes and take out the character depth.
This script had potential, but every single thing that happened felt completely contrived. I wanted to like it, so it just made it that much worse that it sucked. The only surprises in the movie were how shallow the characters ended up being. Everyone's an archetype. Every event is formulaic. It almost felt like an outline of a movie where the scenes were placeholders for what should have been there. Seriously, don't waste your time.
Just for the record, the cast isn't terrible. The things they do that make this almost unwatchable were clearly intended by the director.
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