Whether you lived through the 80’s or are experiencing it’s awesomeness for the first time, Ping Pong Summer will transport you back to a time where parachute pants, boom boxes and hip hop ruled. A totally tubular time where crimped hair and overly applied neon eye shadow was were commonplace. is a fun film for the summer.

Directed by Michael Tully, the film stars Marcello Conte, Lea Thompson, John Hannah, Susan Sarandon and Amy Sedaris.


The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy, 13-year-old white kid obsessed with two things: PingPong 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.

Having grown up during the 80’s, Ping Pong Summer is a perfect throwback to my childhood. For me it is easy to relate to because I also loved hip hop and liked playing ping pong. While not as fanatical about the latter as Rad is in the film, I still remember some epic battles with my friends in our basement. My hat goes off to the costume department, they must have spent hours scouring eBay for the clothes an boom boxes alone.

This movie will hit home if you grew up in the 80’s, but will leave children of the 90’s and beyond thanking their lucky stars they missed this era. The script and storyline are the film’s major downfall. I would have loved to see more interaction between Sarandon’s character and Rad. It would have been especially cool to see a training montage. I often complain when there is a lack of character development, but here I felt that there was too much. The audience is bombarded by the fact that Rad is an awkward kid, which left me wondering when the story would take us to the next level.

Ping Pong Summer arrived on Blu-ray and DVD. Listen to my review below:

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with director Michael Tully and producer George Rush
  • Lazer Beach: The Making of Ping Pong Summer
  • Previews


Buy or rent it from Amazon today.

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