Ping Pong Summer

June 6, 2014

directed by Michael Tully, 2014

Ping Pong Summer

As an attempt to seemingly pack every piece of 1980s iconography and nostalgia imaginable into a 90-minute film, Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer finds itself reigning supreme. However, here’s a film that wants to have its cake and eat it too, hardly warranting a trip down memory lane as its onslaught of period details and inserts are unconvincingly stretched out to resemble a feature-length film. Clearly taking its underdog cues from something like The Karate Kid and consistently riffing on coming-of-age vacation comedies of past and present rather than existing as its own organic endeavor, Ping Pong Summer suffers from an awkward identity crisis that it never comes close to solving.

Read full review at In Review Online


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