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The Ultimate Gift (2006)



Critic Consensus: Though The Ultimate Gift avoids religious speechifying like other Fox Faith films, it's dramatically inert with flat direction.

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Filmmaker Michael O. Sajbel explores the relationship between wealth and happiness with this spiritual-minded tale about a privileged young man who receives a most unexpected inheritance. Adapted from the best-selling book by author Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift opens as trust-fund baby Jason Stevens (Drew Fuller) prepares to receive a sizable inheritance from his late grandfather Red (James Garner). Though Jason is convinced that the money is about to come flowing in, he receives a sudden shock upon discovering that Red has instead decided to offer him something much more valuable than simple cash. Realizing that his spoiled grandson has lived a sheltered life in which he has always been handed the very best of everything, Red has devised a crash course in living comprised of 12 gifts that will challenge the arrogant young man in ways that he could never have imagined nor anticipated. In the weeks that follow, Jason will befriend a terminally ill child (Abigail Breslin) and her grief-stricken mother (Ali Hillis) while attempting to determine whether it is money or happiness that truly matters in life. Brian Dennehy and Lee Meriwether co-star in an uplifting drama from the director of The Ride and One Night with the King. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Drew Fuller
as Jason Stevens
James Garner
as Red Stevens
Bill Cobbs
as Ted Hamilton
Ali Hillis
as Alexia
Lee Meriwether
as Miss Hastings
Donna Cherry
as Sarah Stevens
Brett Rice
as Bill Stevens
D. David Morin
as Jack Stephens
Mel Fair
as Jack's Lawyer
David Temple
as Ruth's Husband
Mark Joy
as Bill's Lawyer
Rick Eldridge
as Banker #2
Jim Stovall
as Limo Driver
Calvin Thompson
as Blind Guy
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Critic Reviews for The Ultimate Gift

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (20)

This new film moves along smoothly until Grandpa's most preposterous mission - which needlessly drags out the movie -- takes Jason to a severely caricatured Ecuador.

August 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

I think urban sophisticates can be people of faith who want to see movies, occasionally, that don't have the four-letter words, and I do embrace religion, but I think they have to be better than this.

March 20, 2007

The result is a deep desire for those Hollywood execs to remember that Christian doesn't have to equal brain-dead.

March 18, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Christian charity, in this movie, seems like a side-effect of capitalism.

March 17, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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If you missed the money-isn't-everything message, an end-credits recap outlines the story's salient points -- if you'd known, you could've skipped the rest.

March 17, 2007 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…

[James] Garner is good, and so is Brian Dennehy as a crusty ranch owner; Abigail Breslin, playing a leukemia patient, demonstrates that she was not a one-note wonder in Little Miss Sunshine.

March 15, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Ultimate Gift


Wonderful wholesome movie that grabs at your heart strings. The little girl Abigail Breslin (Emily Rose) is such a joy to watch. She has so much spunk, and talent, for such a young girl. The movie overall was great from beginning to end. I suggest you have a tissue box next to you when watching, though...definitely a tearjerker.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Drew Fuller, Abigal Breslin, Ali Hillis, James Garner, Brian Dennehy, Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether When his wealthy grandfather dies, trust fund baby Jason Stevens anticipates a big inheritance. Instead, his grandfather has devised a crash course on life with 12 tasks--or "gifts"--designed to challenge Jason in improbable ways, sending him on a journey of self-discovery and forcing him to determine what is most important in life: money or happiness. A great film about love, laughter, and grief. What life is all about really. A fun and sweet story with really great characters played very strongly by the actors. Got very caught up in the story very quickly. It's amazing when Hollywood puts out a clean movie that is not only good but also with great performances that keep you entertained. You feel for these characters because some of the story has affected one of us at one time in our lives or we know someone else who has dealt with it. So its very easy to connect with them. A great movie for the entire family. Not a lot of those out there unless they are animated or Disney related. But this one would be good for everyone. Probably could learn a lot from this film. Drew Fuller was great. Good seeing him doing something that he has a lead in so he can show how talented he is and that he has range. The acting from Abigal Breslin was amazing. Such a talented young girl who will go far in this business. I really liked Ali Hillis in this movie too. Thought she gave a great performance. This movie is going to have you laughing at one moment and then crying the next. A must see...


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Heartwarming, Heartbreaking, tender and tough. This is a movie worth watching by anyone of any age. There truly is more to life than money.

John Manard
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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