Day 19: Ping Pong Summer, Breakdancing, Sesame Place

There's only one thing just as good as a movie from 80s that's saturated with pop culture reference points and that's a movie from 2014 that's set in 1985 and is saturated with pop culture reference points.

I had heard of Ping Pong Summer and have had it in the back of my mind as something to watch when I got a chance. Just wasn't a priority.

With a rainy and dreary day outside and the kids coming down off their daily VBS high, I was more than content to hit the couch for a 90-minute session of quality summer laziness. Finding that Ping Pong Summer was a free Prime option on Amazon's Instant Video service, there was no question what I'd be watching.

It's been a long time since a movie has drummed up such nostalgia in me and made me long for the days of my youth as much as Ping Pong Summer. An arcade. Parachute pants. A suicide at the soda fountain. Breakdancing. What kid didn't practice their finest breakdance moves when they thought nobody was looking?! I certainly did! The soundtrack alone was enough to draw me in including artists from Whodini and the Fat Boys to Mr. Mister and John Cafferty.

[Read more about my own personal breakdance experience in this post from back in 2010.]

If you're looking for a movie with a deep and fine-tuned plot line, steer clear. If you were a kid in the 80s and want to take a 90-minute trip back in time, make Ping Pong Summer a priority!

A review from GQ magazine put it best: "Unbeatable! Like the Karate Kid but with hip-hop and ping pong."

I'd be remiss if I didn't thank Pax, Shawn, and Jaime from the Cult Film Club Podcast for covering this movie recently and to Pax for encouraging me to put this movie at the top of my to-do list.

Speaking of e-people that I e-know through the e-world, I had a great conversation with my pal Guy last night about his upcoming book Sesame Place -- a look back at the 35-year history of the Pennsylvania Sesame Street theme park. Check it out at!

The Summer of Tim continues...

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