11 July 2024

The Thai film “How to Make Millions Before Grandma Dies” has broken box office records in Singapore. A netizen in Singapore described the film as “a tearjerker” and advised moviegoers in Singapore not to see it if they don’t want to cry.

Bryan Wong wrote on “The 8days” online that the film had the biggest opening weekend ever for a Thai film in Singapore.

Over the weekend, he was inundated with friends raving about the film, with many proclaiming it as “the best film I have seen this year!”

What is of notable interest is the number of moviegoers recording and posting to TikTok their reactions before, during and after watching the tearjerker.

Many netizens said that many tissues were used during the two-hour film, with one even advising, “Bring many boxes of tissues if you are going to watch this movie.”

Another user claimed that he heard a number of people bawling their eyes out throughout the film.

“You are not human if you don’t cry during and after watching the show,” said a red-eyed TikTok user as he left the theatre.

In Thailand, the film, which follows a young man who looks after his dying grandmother, grossed Bt250 million in the first 14 days of its release.

The film is also the second-biggest Asian title in Indonesia of all time, with two million admissions in 13 days.

Meanwhile, Free Malaysia Today (FMT) online reports that the plot of the film, the directorial debut of Pat Boonnitipat, may be simple, but it reflects the reality of families in many Malaysian households, with complicated people and even more complicated problems.

Given the growing senior population in Malaysia, the themes explored are likely to hit home more than ever.

According to FMT, the scenes where the grandson gets involved in Amah’s day-to-day affairs will likely resonate with local audiences.

Indeed, much of the movie’s warmth is derived from the realistic and familiar interactions between the lad and his grandmother.

Young moviegoers, meanwhile, might see themselves in the grandson, who struggles to understand just how old people think.

Despite the generation gap, the film shows how it is more than possible for generations to connect, despite their differences, as both young and old look out for each other.

Main photo : 8days.sg