First Trailer for 1980s Comedy PING PONG SUMMER Starring Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson

     April 22, 2014


Gravitas Ventures has released the first Ping Pong Summer trailer for writer/director Michael Tully’s 1980s-set indie comedy.  The film takes place during the summer of 1985 and revolves around a shy 13-year-old kid (Marcello Conte) who, while on family vacation in Ocean City, strikes up new friendships, gets a crush, and becomes embroiled in the local ping pong scene.  The pic looks to be a pretty funny take on the coming-of-age story, and it absolutely nails the ‘80s aesthetic without coming off as cliché or contrived.  It actually feels a tad reminiscent of The Way, Way Back, and the ensemble cast is definitely promising.

Hit the jump to watch the Ping Pong Summer trailer.  The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris, Lea Thompson, John Hannah, and Judah FriedlanderPing Pong Summer will be released in theaters and VOD on June 6th.

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Here’s the official synopsis for Ping Pong Summer:

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 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.


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  • DjangoBro

    I swear this is The Way Way Back but in the 80′s… lol (Adam Chitwood noticed it too! lmaoo just took that in)

    • Pop Ninjas

      If it’s as good as The Way Way Back I’m excited.

      • bidi

        normally i have a real, passionate distaste of indie comedies (especially coming-of-age ones, since that’s what they all seem to be), but holy shit was The Way, Way Back good. yes this seems like that, but i’ll withhold comparisons until i see it

  • 80sRobot

    Looks cute. Certainly something worthwhile for VOD and online renting, though I wouldn’t care to see this in a theater. (And that’s not a slight against it — I think the VOD market is shaping up nicely to produce unique content for that particular way of releasing movies. In fact, maybe the latest VOD releases could be a column for Collider.)