Ultimate Gift

Directed By: Michael O. Sajbel Starring: Drew Fuller James Garner

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Good Movie -Wrong Genre

by TomS... on 11/29/2007

I bought this movie because it was rated as similar to Perfect Stranger and Flywheel, both with strong Christian themes. It is a good movie, it has a few surprises, it has a good moral, the good guy even wins! It stops short of giving the glory for all that to God. I liked it, but I don't think I'll need to watch it again -I gave it to a (non-Christian) friend... Read More

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Charming, clean, ethical and refreshing!

by joycek on 10/28/2008

After years of CG, ultra-fast editing, head-ache producing action films that assumed all audiences wanted violence and crudeness, I even stopped going to comic book inspired movies. I had completely missed this one in the theater, but when I had the blessing of finding it in the video store, I became an instant fan and have bought many copies that I continue to give away. Perfectly acceptable for any age and clean as a whistle, you can just relax and let the hartwarming story unfold. Special note: if you see the "grandfather" as God and the "grandson as yourself", you will learn so much! Read More

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Product Overview

After the death of the oil tycoon howard 'red' stevens, for his reckless and selfish grandson jason red assigns twelve apparently simple tasks called gifts - money, friends, learnin laughter, dreams, giving, gratitude, a day and love-challenging jason to a journey of discoveries.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 204690330
UPC 024543444862
UPC 14 00024543444862
Format DVD
Release Date 3/17/2009
Rating Rating
Keywords
Coming Of Age
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The videotaped will of deceased billionaire Red Stevens (James Garner) includes the "ultimate gift" for his spoiled, sullen grandson Jason (Drew Fuller). A series of tasks meant to turn Jason from a hedonistic jerk into a compassionate human being is included in the will, but whether that's the gift or there's a fortune at the end of the rainbow is something Jason will just have to wait to find out. First, he's sent to Texas to work on the ranch of one of Red's old pals (Brian Dennehey). Then his trust fund is cut off and he's thrown into the streets where he battles a bum for a park bench and eventually makes friends with a young girl--dying of leukemia--named Emily (Abigail Breslin). There's some romantic bonding with Emily's struggling mom (Ali Hills) and danger down in Costa Rica, where Jason winds up hostage to some drug-running thugs. Bill Cobbs and Lee Meriwether are the lawyers who monitor Jason's progress. ^This is a nice little movie, with a straightforward spiritual agenda. But it gets everything right, with minimum sermonizing and maximum heart. The cast is clearly into the spirit of the matter: Abigail Breslin (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) radiates oddball charm, and the eyes of old pros Garner, Denehey, Meriwether, and Cobbs are alight with compassion and nobility.
Directors
Michael O. Sajbel
Actors
Drew Fuller
James Garner
Cast & Crew
Abigail Breslin - Actor
Brian Baugh - Cinematographer
Brian Dennehy - Actor
Cheryl McKay - Screenplay
Dave Ross - Executive Producer
Drew Fuller - Actor
James Garner - Actor
Jim Stovall - Based On Book By
Linden Snyder - Art Director
Mark McKenzie - Original Music By
Michael O. Sajbel - Director
Rick Eldridge - Producer
Scott Chestnut - Editor
Stephen Storer - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 2257726
UPC 00024543444862
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review Directed by Michael O. Sajbel, from a screenplay by Cheryl McKay and Sajbel, "The Ultimate Gift" is based on the successful book by Jim Stovall. The story concerns a spoiled-rotten, super-rich playboy who is cut off after the death of his grandfather. His inheritance is contingent on his completing a series of tasks, referred to as "gifts," each teaching him a different life lesson. It's sort of like Adam Sandler's "Billy Madison," except it's a drama...Though she exhibits some of the same lovable pluck as her signature character, in "Gift" she slides helplessly into more conventional Cute Kid territory. "The Ultimate Gift" perhaps is best seen as an example of just how lucky a performer, especially one so young, must be to find a script, a part, director(s) and costars that all align to aid in creating something special. Even when a project has its values in order, as "The Ultimate Gift" surely does, it still takes something more for the end product to transcend into the realms of art.
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Reviewer Mark Olsen
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review In the latest release from the faith-based division of 20th Century Fox, an oil-rich billionaire (James Garner) kicks the bucket and leaves a special bequest for his trust-fund-suckling grandson (Drew Fuller)--a gauntlet of hard work and hardship designed to give the boy an appreciation for the true value of a greenback. Among the tasks: living as a homeless person, and showing some genuine compassion for a debt-addled single mom (Ali Hillis) and her leukemia-stricken daughter (Abigail Breslin). If he succeeds, the "ultimate gift" of the movie's title will be his--which, in case you haven't figured it out, is one of those things you can't buy with a MasterCard. Directed with accomplished impersonality by Michael O. Sajbel (One Night With the King), The Ultimate Gift means well, but in the end it's The Pursuit of Happyness made from the ivory tower looking down instead of from the street looking up.
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Reviewer Scott Foundas
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Fuller,Drew
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post ...Breslin's captivating performance reminds you why she was recently nominated for an Oscar.
Joe Leydon, Variety ...[a] pleasant drama...prized by those with a taste for inspirational uplift and heart-tugging sentiment.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...a well-made little inspirational drama featuring both a familiar older star (James Garner) and a new one (Abigail Breslin).

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