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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for thematic elements, some violence and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Cheryl McKay, Cleve Landsberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2007
Box Office: $3.2M
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as Jason Stevens

as Red Stevens

as Ted Hamilton

as Alexia

as Miss Hastings

as Sarah Stevens

as Jack Stephens

as Bill Stevens

as Jack's Lawyer

as Ruth's Husband

as Bill's Lawyer

as Banker #2

as Limo Driver

as Blind Guy
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Critic Reviews for The Ultimate Gift

All Critics (61) | 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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 17, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 17, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The Ultimate Gift is kind of like a feel-good Saw for churchgoers, minus the sadistic games of death.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Ultimate Gift


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

Super Reviewer


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.

Super Reviewer


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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