Ultimate Gift (2007)
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|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.|
"...[a] pleasant drama...prized by those with a taste for inspirational uplift and heart-tugging sentiment. Joe Leydon, Variety
"...a well-made little inspirational drama featuring both a familiar older star (James Garner) and a new one (Abigail Breslin). William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteThe 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.
The Ultimate Gift - DVD Review
By: Christopher Null filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 8/10/2007 9:26 PM
|As part of the trend in faith-driven filmmaking (and based on an apparently very popular self-help book), The Ultimate Gift is inspirational filmmaking at its most average. The tale involves a recently deceased business tycoon (James Garner), who gives token fortunes to various family members, all of whom have been ingrate layabouts their entire lives. The exception is young grandson Jason (Drew Fuller), who's the worst of all. He gets a series of tasks from lawyer Ted (Bill Cobbs), designed to see if Jason can actually become a useful member of society and thus, worthy of his inheritance....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Brian Baugh - Cinematographer|
|Cheryl McKay - Screenplay|
|Dave Ross - Executive Producer|
|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|