Monday, April 7, 2008

Tuesday Talks: The Ultimate Gift

Today is Tuesday Talks!

I am reviewing "The Ultimate Gift".

Last week, my family and I enjoying watching this movie. It was a pretty clean movie, with the exception of a few outfits that were a little skimpy in a couple of scenes, and a reference to a curse word. Also, Abigail Breslin is portraying a girl with cancer, and is a little rude in some scenes, as is Drew Fuller, who is your typical rich kid in the beginning of the movie.

The Amazon review reads as follows:

"The Ultimate Gift is a tale of one man's tumultuous journey toward personal growth and fulfillment. Surrounded in life, and death, by avaricious family members fueled by a sense of entitlement, billionaire Red Stevens (James Garner) wants to bequeath at least one member of his extended family "the ultimate gift": something he perceives as immensely more valuable than material wealth.

Red's arrogant grandson Jason (Drew Fuller) holds a deep-seated hatred for his newly-deceased grandfather, so he's surprised to learn from his grandfather's friend and lawyer Mr. Hamilton (Bill Cobbs) and assistant Miss Hastings (Lee Meriwether) that he's been mentioned in his late grandfather's will. Far from a straightforward gift of cash, land, or stock, Red's bequest comes in the form of a series of mysterious recorded instructions, the first of which requires Jason to hop on a plane for Texas the very next morning without a hint of the trip's purpose or the nature of the gift that awaits him.

Dropped into a life of hard physical labor on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, Jason's bad-tempered fury eventually turns to resignation and he finds himself engaged in, and even taking pride in, the first real manual labor he's ever done in his life. Unbeknownst to him, his journey toward claiming the ultimate gift has only just begun.

When he returns from Texas, Jason finds his home cleared out, his car confiscated, and instructions to produce one true friend. While Jason is reduced to sleeping in the park, a young child name Emily (Abigail Breslin) and her mother Alexia (Ali Hillis) make his acquaintance and lead him to re-examine his personal prejudices and perceptions of what's truly important in life.

Jason's journey of self discovery continues throughout a series of other trying experiences and, in the end, Grandpa Red's "ultimate gift" of life lessons profoundly and permanently improves the quality of Jason's life. What's more, Jason's new perspective of his place in society has a very positive affect on the larger community. This very powerful film is funny, heartbreaking, and intensely thought-provoking."

I thought it was a pretty good movie. The comedic parts were funny, and there were some tear jerker scenes as well. This is one that I definitely recommend, but do take to heart the warnings above. 4 out of 5 stars for me.

You can learn more about or purchase the movie at the official website.

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Lady Why said...


We loved this movie too. It was a rare gem in mainstream movie making!

SavedGirl said...


My family watched this movie too. My dad previewed it so that he could skip the bad words and the party scene. We enjoyed it but afterword we had a family discussion. We didn't really like how it still focussed on money at the end. It was still good though in some ways. Please come take a look at my link.

Maiden Of Virtue said...

Thank you both for sharing your opinions! I love hearing other people's reviews on movies-