The Ultimate Gift

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20th Century Fox Released 2006

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Director:
Michael O. Sajbel
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG
Jason thought his inheritance was going to be the gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Based on the best-selling book "The Ultimate Gift" by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: "What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?" Jason had a very simple relationship with his impossibly wealthy Grandfather, Howard "Red" Stevens. He hated him. No heart-to-heart talks, no warm fuzzies, just cold hard cash. So of course he figured that when Red died, the whole "reading of the will" thing would be another simple cash transaction, that his Grandfather's money would allow him to continue living in the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. But what Red left him was anything but simple. Red instead devised a plan for Jason to experience a crash course on life. Twelve tasks, which Red calls "gifts," each challenging Jason in an improbable way, the accumulation of which would change him forever.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Although cynics likely will reject The Ultimate Gift as warmed-over Capra-corn, this predictable but pleasant drama based on Jim Stovall's popular novel may be prized by those with...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    The film constantly teeters on the fulcrum of its own treacly good intentions and simplistic parable-like storytelling, and the extent that it stays balanced is largely thanks to i...

  • 40

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Reeking of self-righteousness and moral reprimand, Michael O. Sajbel's Ultimate Gift"is a hairball of good-for-you filmmaking.

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    This is a great movie! It is also a movie that is hard to put into words, especially without spoiling the movie. But essentially if you want to learn how to have a meaningful life, this movie is for you! It teaches and shows just that. It shows that life is about more than material possesions and it's about what you give and not get and who you share your life with. It is pretty powerful, if you really let it affect you. It is also funny and touching. And it is a movie for anyone and everyone! It's truly a movie everyone should see!moreless

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