How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (2015)

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The film is set in the economic fringes of Bangkok and examines the joys and challenges of growing up in contemporary Thailand.
After the loss of both parents, 11 years old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to do whatever he can to change his fate, Oat takes matters into his own hands resulting in unexpected read moreconsequences. ~~ Based on the stories from the bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap.

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Apr 28, 2017
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
STORY: This was a real nice movie about the unique bond of love between brothers. I also liked that there was an established long-term relationship between Ek and his boyfriend. The story can seem to be slow-paced in parts but the warm interactions between the brothers made it worthwile. The ending is somber but not overly sad though I did shed a tear.

ACTING/CAST: All were professional about their work but I read more really thought Damrongsakkul Ingkarat (Young Oat) did a great job being only 12 at the time.

MUSIC: It was OK but not memorable.

REWATCH VALUE: Maybe with a friend.

OVERALL: A well-done coming-of-age movie. The cinematography was excellent.
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Aug 16, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time} was a great coming of age movie about two brothers just trying to get by. Oat is a young boy who looks up to his older brother Ek. In the movie we see how Ek deals with his relationship with his boyfriend, his struggle to financially support his brother and himself through the perspective of Oat.
I really had no prior knowledge about the draft read more lottery in Thailand so it was very interesting to see how the two brothers dealt with that. We get to see how Oat develops into more mature person throughout the movie. The relationship between the brothers is heartwarming. The scenes when they're together make you feel so sentimental.
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    Nana8 Jun 4, 2017 - edited
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    KainGuru Apr 28, 2017

    I also watched this on Netflix. A great way to view it if you got it.

    Best line ever: "That's called the 'Stupid Buffalo' trap." (ROFL!)

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    MJ Dec 16, 2016

    it's streaming on Netflix now!

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    sound May 10, 2016

    that was well done very moving in terms of how he took his reality and the guidelines of the checker game into life. and did something for the better i liked it alot. The perspective of his family was a nice turn it showed the skim of the surface yet at the same time showed the struggles of what the boy in turn could make out of it. unfortunately it was as a tale which was heartbreaking but nonetheless very moving i think it was a well done film and i wished i could have seen more of grown up oat

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    MatthewZawacki Apr 7, 2016

    Well that was pretty painful to watch.

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    Andre Mar 28, 2016

    What a beautiful movie ! Never watched a lgbt movie from this perspective

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    blg Feb 27, 2016

    This was painfully beautiful...It was much more than just a gay love story....his sexuality was just a part of his brother,not the only thing to define is a rare perspective to see in lgbt theme movies

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    Supermeganerd Feb 11, 2016
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    Bambikill Oct 31, 2015 - edited

    I'm itching to watch this one... no signs of it showing up subbed online yet, though...

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      Bambikill Nov 27, 2015

      Thanks! <3 I haven't kept myself updated about the DVD release, so it's good to know ^^

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      Naatthaaliie Nov 27, 2015

      Inga problem ^^ (såg att du var från sverige på din profil, det är jag med)

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      alexandrish Feb 21, 2016

      jag med!!!


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    Feb 8, 2015
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    1 hr. 20 min.


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