Whenever you mention the Sundance Film Festival there is a certain type of film that immediately comes to mind: a coming of age indie dramedy about a social misfit, sometimes set in the past, but usually replete with an ironic sense of humour. Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer definitely seems to fit that bill, potentially following in the footsteps of such films as Adventureland and The Way, Way Back. The catch is that this one revolves around a ping pong tournament that takes place at the local arcade and Susan Sarandon is the cool mentor that takes the kid under her wing. Go figure.
The movie is set in 1985 and it seems to capture the fashion, the music and the slang of the era with a certain level of success. However, it also seems like it’s trying to be more quirky than heartfelt… the main character is named Rad Miracle, after all. Still, with a supporting cast that also includes Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris and Judah Friedlander, I’m sure there is an audience out there for this flick. Ping Pong Summer hits select theatres and iTunes on June 6th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.