Top Spin

Recommended for ages 9+


Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Films w/ Q&As
Local Interest
Family Films & Events
Release Year:2014
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
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Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Ariel Hsing
Michael Landers
Lily Zhang
Director:Mina T. Son
Sara Newens
Executive Producer:Jonathan Bricklin
Franck Raharinosy
Producer:Mina T. Son
Editing By:Sara Newens
Extra Search Properties
Date Search:Sunday Nov 15
Venue:Soundview Cinemas


Inside a cramped gym tucked behind a California strip mall, the clacking sounds of hollow plastic balls whirling at 80 mph are punctuated by exclamations of victory and bitter cries of defeat. Welcome to the hidden world of competitive ping pong. Top Spin follows three fiercely committed teenagers as they battle their way through the world of elite table tennis. With devoted parents by their side, they have traded normal teenage life for a chance to represent their country on the world's biggest athletic stage: the Olympics. Top Spin reveals how Ariel, Michael (a Long Island native), and Lily balance rivalry, teenage awkwardness and friendships as every match impacts their fledgling confidence. Regularly juggling six-hour training sessions, overseas tournaments, and schoolwork, they inevitably sacrifice the typical teenage rites of passage. An inside look at offbeat sport, Top Spin turns one of America's favorite pastimes on its head and reveals a coming-of-age story where success and failure come down to mere millimeters.