Aug 182016

For our most recent movie night, we watched Endgame with our four kids, and it was a movie that impressed. Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family) was superb as José, a young Texan boy, who finds himself pulled down by living in his older brother’s shadow. Endgame is a fictional story based on true events that depicts how an impoverished high school in the border town of Brownsville, Texas, started a chess team and went on to become state champions.

Endgame the movie

José’s older brother Miguel is a soccer star, and he bathes in the spotlight, to the envy of his younger brother. Jose feels neglected, he doesn’t feel heard, and as a result he begins to act out. Thanks to his school’s chess team,José finds his way through some of the darkest moments in his life, all while dealing with the realities of being a student in a world that puts obstacles in front of him at every turn.

Endgame is a movie full of teaching moments, and my husband I did not even have to point out the moments, as our boys ages 13, 10 and 7 had many comments to share, when they saw teenagers drink and drive or do other things that might be harmful to them or others. This movie is about much more than teaching moments, it is about the raw feelings that life brings about and the way in which we all handle these feelings differently.

Our 13-year-old son especially appreciated how the movie highlighted the emphasis on never giving up, and he liked the message that each of us have to find our path toward success as well as how success comes in many different shapes.

Chess Board Endgame the movie

This family movie inspired by true events is a must see for families with tweens and teens, and it is a movie that is a great conversation starter so make sure you watch it with the kids. Endgame features many of the same problems that our kids used to deal with while living in South Florida, and it highlighted issues such as bullying, immigration and more that are so current in our children’s lives.

This star-ladded movie also features Ivonne Colle and Justina Machado, who give exemplary performances, and to our sons’ delight, it centers arund the game of chess. Our kids are big chess players, and I personally enjoyed how the game of chess was handed down from one generation to another just as it has been in our family. When everything else is falling down around him, Jose seeks comfort in playing chess with his abuelita, and he takes the lessons he learns and let them lead him toward success.

With the movie Endgame, now released on DVD, Shout! Factory has brought yet another family movie to American families, and this one is a movie not to miss.


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Three (3) of Frugality Is Free’s readers will win their own copy of Endgame.





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This giveaway will end Monday September 26th at midnight EST.

Disclaimer: The Frugality Is Free family received a complimentary  sample for the purpose of writing a review, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on our family’s experience with the Transformers DVD, and additional information was provided by Shout! Factory.


  27 Responses to “Endgame Movie Review & Giveaway (3 Winners!)”

  1. My kids love playing chess, so I’m sure they would enjoy watching this movie. I like that it is family friendly.

  2. I would like to win this for my daughters so we can put a different movie in the dvd player lol

  3. This would be great to watch with the kids

  4. I think my son would enjoy this since he likes chess and would be inspired by it.

  5. I want to win this movie because it looks like a great family movie we could all enjoy together. It would be a perfect for our pizza and a movie night!

  6. I’d like to win this movie because it looks like a good movie for a family movie night.
    Thank you!

  7. As you get older you have a natural instinct to go to your childhood memories. I am no different. I grew up in a Latino family in a single parent household. This movie brings back those times where I ran away from home and got myself in trouble.

  8. I would pick My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend Of Everfree for my girls.

  9. I want to win this movie, because it looks like fun for the kids. They enjoy movies after school.

  10. I would like to win this movie for my grandson, because he is a big chess player.

  11. i would love to win this movie for our family. we love to watch movies together on a family movie night.

  12. I visited shout factory and would love to watch Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. This movie looks inspiring.

  13. I would love to win this movie because it has the Dove Foundation seal on it. I am always hoping to find wholesome movies for the whole family.

  14. This looks like a movie my kids would really like and we are trying to incorporate more family time through things like movie nights.

  15. i think my kids and i would enjoy this together. my kids love living ivarciously through other kids antics!

  16. this would be a great movie for family movie night. I think the kids would enjoy it!!

  17. I would like to win this movie so we could watch it. 🙂

  18. We like Rico Rodriguez so this would be great.

  19. Looks like a great family movie. Is that the kid from Modern Family? Would love to see his role in this.

  20. bet my nephew would like this one

  21. I would like to win so I could watch with my kids

  22. I love these types of movies that portray real type kids in our own kids lives. There needs to be more of this and less attention to the Biebers and Miley Cyrus types.

  23. I would love to win so our family can have a new movie for Friday night.

  24. Newhart– season 7 looks good and would love to watch it.

  25. Newhart– season 7 looks good and would love to watch it while enjoying snack foods and a beverage.

  26. I would love to win this movie because it has a positive message and looks interesting and the kind of movie my daughter and i can both enjoy.

  27. We are fans of watching movies and playing chess – so this would be a great prize to win for us!

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