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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (442 votes)

Released: 2011-11-15

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The Ultimate Gift [Blu-ray] by 20th Century Fox

The Ultimate Gift [Blu-ray]

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Michael O. Sajbel
20th Century Fox
PG (Parental Guidance)

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With an all-star cast that includes Academy Awardr Nominee Abigail Breslin and Academy Awardr Nominee James Garner, along with Brian Dennehy, this engaging, heartwarming drama based on Jim Stovall's best-selling novel, The Ultimate Gift, sends a young man of privilege on a most improbable journey. Trust fund baby Jason Stevens (Drew Fuller) loves all of life's gifts, as long as they're bankable. But when his wealthy grandfather Red (Garner) dies, Jason receives a most unusual inheritance: twelve tasks, which Red calls “gifts,” to challenge Jason to grow as a man. If he succeeds, Jason will discover the real meaning of wealth – and be forever changed by the experience.


  • Drew Fuller
  • Bill Cobbs
  • Abigail Breslin
  • Brian Dennehy
  • Ali Hillis


  • AC-3
  • Color
  • Dolby
  • DTS Surround Sound
  • Dubbed

Editorial Review

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. –Tami Horiuchi

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