Friday, February 03, 2012

Movie Review - The Ultimate Gift (2006)

We watched a wonderful movie tonight - The Ultimate Gift. It came out in 2006, so it's been around for a while. You shouldn't have any trouble finding it on DVD - I borrowed a copy from our library.

At first glance at the cover, you might think this is just a kid's movie. It is not. Our family watched it together and was totally enraptured with it from the time it started to the time it ended. It's that good.

The storyline goes like this: A wealthy old man, Red Stevens, (James Garner) dies. Family members gather at the lawyer's office for the reading of the will. The man's grandson, Jason, (Drew Fuller) is a spoiled rich kid who wants nothing to do with his grandfather. He finds that he has to go through a lot of hoops in order to get his inheritance, piece by piece. It all leads up to the ultimate gift - will he get it? And what is it? What Jason finds is that the gift he wanted most is not what he thought it was.

The film also stars Brian Dennehy and Abigail Breslin.

I won't spoil the movie for you, but wow - what a great story. Of course it's based on a book, The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall.

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