The Ultimate Life (2013)
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Critic Reviews for The Ultimate Life
"The Ultimate Life" is hampered by a predictable story, stereotypical characters and wooden acting.
A terminally dull piece of faith-based family-values filmmaking designed to appeal strictly to the converted.
The message of "The Ultimate Life" could be summed up on a greeting card.
'The Ultimate Life' is an awkward, mostly dull, but well-intentioned faith-based movie, among the less-than-stellar offerings that, unfortunately, often presented to the sadly under-served faith-based audience that deserves thoughtful screenplays.
Drew Waters talent helps make this family film with a moral message entertaining.
Audience Reviews for The Ultimate Life
The plot has a lot of holes that needed filled and I wouldn't be surprised to see another sequel to continue the story.
The Ultimate Life is one of those well-meaning, big hearted films that has such poor production values and is riddled with so many anachronistic errors the film critic/snob in me cannot allow me to see past them to want to recommend the movie to others even though I believe it has a (very) strong moral message with which I agree. Directed by Michael Landon Jr., The Ultimate Life is as much a sequel as it is a prequel to the 2006 film The Ultimate Gift which starred a pre-Oscar nominated Abigail Breslin as a cancer-stricken child and James Garner (The Notebook) as dying patriarch Howard "Red" Stevens who leaves his billion dollar corporation and estate to his inexperienced but optimistic grandson Jason ... upsetting nearly all of his greedy family members who wanted it for themselves. "Life" takes up not long after the end of the first film with a recast Jason (Logan Bartholomew - American Wedding) getting sued by several discontent family members (surprise!) who still want the estate for themselves. Jason finds himself so bogged down with work and the lawsuit -- basically just money matters -- that he has little time to spend on what really matters in life. Given the journal of his grandfather (Garner reprises his role is a very brief video segment), Jason's readings make up 9/10ths of the film in flashbacks recounting Red's long road and struggle to become the man who became a billionaire while almost completely missing out on life itself. Lee Meriwether ('Barnaby Jones') and Peter Fonda (Easy Rider) are the bright spots in a cast comprised of mostly second-tier talent. As mentioned, the film has a good moral message but small details -- touch-tone (non-rotary) phones in the 50's, modern day $20 bills in the 30's, magnetic-stripped hotel room keys in the early 60's, a $3.50 burger in 1930 -- are careless mistakes that bother me too much. I know I am much-more-particular with my criticism of movies than others and my problems could easily be overlooked by those who appreciate the message in a movie more than a film's artistic merits. I am certain this is a film people would love as it means well ... and one isn't instantly distracted by an overpriced hamburger (Kobe beef?) in depression-era Oklahoma.
Don't see it! Just don't! Terrible movie with crappy acting and a dumb storyline. This story of faith is way off and you will leave the movie saying what the heck! It's not the Ultimate Life it's the i lost one our and a half of my life
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