You try and do what you can at film festivals, and sometimes scheduling sleeping/eating/screenings just doesn’t work out. So this past January at Sundance, “Ping Pong Summer” just didn’t make it onto our radar, but the buzz seemed to be good both there and at SXSW (where we missed it again), but the movie is coming to theaters so perhaps finally we’ll see this thing.
Written and directed by Michael Tully, and featuring Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet and newcomer Marcello Conte, the 1985-set movie follows a shy 13-year-old white kid, obsessed with ping-pong and hip-hop, who comes of age during summer vacation in Ocean City, Maryland. The nostalgia/quirk meter is pretty off-the-charts with this one, but here’s hoping the underlying story at least rings true, because we’re always down for some old school jams.
“Ping Pong Summer” arrives in theaters and on VOD June 6th. Watch below.