Ping Pong Summer

Synopsis: 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, racist 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Michael Tully
Production: Gravitas Ventures
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Hey, Michelle, do you know how

to make a hard-boiled egg?

Boil it until it's hard?

Yeah, honey.

What are you doing?

Eating dinner?

That's breakfast is what that is.

Oh, my God, you look disgusting.

Be quiet!

Don't pick on your

brother, Michelle Ann.

He almost really hurt himself.

Yeah, microwaving an egg.

Now we can't go to Ocean City!

You bet your bippy we can.

But I'll look gross!

Dr Miller says if you

keep that cream spread

on your face overnight you'll be

in great shape tomorrow morning.

- No, I won't.

- Sure you will.

You're already looking better!

We're counting down the hits,

the 40 biggest from the

official Billboard charts.

I'm Casey Kasem, this

is America's Top 40.

This family is so embarrassing.

This'll save us having to

buy a whole tank of gas!

I just have to go on duty

if we come across an accident

or a broken down car along the way.

- You guys are so cheap!

- No, we're not!

I don't see you writing any checks

when it's time to pay the bills.

You get into the stupidest things.

Shove it.

Must be not nice to

not have any friends.

Must be not nice to be so not nice.

American Top Forty

Now, we're up to our Long

Distance Dedication.

And this is from a

young man in Louisiana

who had been troubled

by a feeling of guilt-

Mom, turn it up!

He writes, "Dear Casey,

my name is Patrick.

"I'm 19 years old and live

in Cheena, Louisiana.

"My Long Distance Dedication goes

out to my younger brother Jeffrey,

"who is 17 years old.

"Two years ago,

"Jeff was injured

in a swimming accident.

"He and I had gone

to a creek near our home.

"I dove in, and Jeff

dove in after me.

"He was very overweight,

about five-foot-six,

"weighing 235 pounds.

"His dive was short

"and he hit a clay bank under

the water and broke his neck,

"paralyzing him from the neck down.

"For nearly two weeks,

I blamed myself for this,

"but my family and Jeff

helped me understand

"it wasn't my fault.

"In '84, both Jeff and myself

"were away from home at Christmas.

"Jeff was in San Francisco,

"at the Shriner's Crippled

Children's Hospital.

"I was doing 90 days in jail

for drinking and driving.

I don't know think we should

be listening to this anymore.

No, leave it on!

"I turned to drinking to

solve my pain and problems.

As you do.

"In jail at Christmas, I was

allowed to telephone Jeff.

"After I talked to him,

I spoke to Mom.

"I asked her what Jeff needed,

"and she said he wanted to see me.

"This raised my spirits and hopes,

"to know that Jeff was as close

as my heart would let him be.

"Now, that's all the distance is:

"from my mind to my heart.

"So Casey, would you please play

'Hang On' by the Little River Band,

"to let Jeff know that when

I'm released in four weeks,

"I'll be there as fest as I can.

This stuff is a bunch of malarkey.

No, they're not!

Says you.

Says Casey.

Casey's Coast to Coast

Here's the band

that's been performing

in the area of Naragansett,

Rhode Island, since 1972...

Thirteen years,

and lest year they finally hit the pop

charts with the song "On The Dark Side."

Here's John Cafferty and the Beaver

Brown Band with "Tough All Over."

we're back!

Here we are.

What's that doing there?

You sure this is the right house?

Let's hope not.

Yeah, it's the right place.

Why can't we stay at Sea

Watch like last year?

That was way too expensive.

Mrs. Unland's brother gave us

a good bargain on this place.

But it's bayside.

Then what you do is

you use your legs

and you walk over to Oceanside.

We might as well have

just gone to Deep Creek.

I don't care where we stay!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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