The Ultimate Gift movie is based on Jim Stovall’s book by the same name. Without a major publisher or marketing plan, The Ultimate Gift book has sold more than three million copies. The author, though blind since age 29, had the insight to inspire readers to see the “bigger picture” of life. The film comes to theaters courtesy of the new FoxFaith distribution label designed to bring high-quality entertainment to faith-based audiences. With its aim toward inspirational and spiritual entertainment, this film hits the ultimate target.
Synopsis of movie : The Ultimate Gift
• Genre: Drama
• DVD Release: August 21, 2007
• Film Release: March 9, 2007
• Distributed by: FoxFaith Movies and The Bigger Picture
• Director: Michael O. Sajbel
• Cast: Drew Fuller (Jason Stevens), James Garner (Red Stevens), Ali Hillis (Alexia), Abigail Breslin (Emily), Bill Cobbs (Ted Hamilton), Lee Meriwether (Miss Hastings), Brian Dennehy (Gus), Mircea Monroe (Caitlin)
• Writers: Cheryl McKay; Based on Jim Stovall’s novel, The Ultimate Gift
• Producers: Rick Eldridge and John Shepherd
Story of The Ultimate Gift
An extremely wise and wealthy grandfather gives his shallow, spoiled grandson the ultimate inheritance. In The Ultimate Gift, Jason Stevens, played by Drew Fuller, learns there’s more to life than money. Instead of the expected cash windfall, “Red” Stevens (James Garner) has prepared twelve gifts to be given after his death to his grandson. The series of gifts, leading up to the ultimate gift, take Jason on a challenging journey of personal growth and self-discovery.
It’s no wonder Jason has turned out to be such a self-centered, lazy young man. He’s surrounded by rich, greedy, dysfunctional, just-in-it-for-themselves relatives. But Jason’s grandfather looks past the exterior and sees something of value hidden in Jason’s character. In his Last Will and Testament he offers Jason a series of “gift challenges” that are wisely designed to bring those rare character qualities to the surface through the refining fire of 12 difficult life-lessons.
Jason learns the gift of work, friends, the value of money, the gift of family, laughter, dreams, learning through pain, the gift of giving, gratitude, forgiveness, love and the gift of a perfect day. Ultimately he transforms into a person of depth and moral strength, receiving the “gifts” that his grandfather knew were far more precious than money. With these gifts, Jason can now make the world a better place.
Abigail Breslin is refreshing, charismatic and heart-capturing in her role as young Emily. While she and Jason discuss heaven she asks him, “Did you know God paints every color in a butterfly with his finger?” While gazing at the open arms of a Christ statue, Jason explains, “I don’t know much about God or Jesus, but I can promise you, those arms are meant for you.” Christian audiences will be pleased to hear the name of their Savior mentioned in a movie theater in this rare, respectful tone.
Gifts offered in The Ultimate Gift:
• If you love your work it’s not a labor.
• Money is simply a tool, not a goal.
• True wealth is measured by one’s friendships.
• We learn through life’s trials, we grow through pain.
• Life’s problems teach us how to use good judgment, which in turn teaches us how to avoid life’s problems.
• Every family, no matter how dysfunctional, has value.
• Laughter is the soul’s medicine.
• Faith can make our dreams realities.
• We gain most when we give ourselves in service to others.
• Gratitude comes from recognizing what we have, not dwelling on the things we lack.
• Living in the present and taking time for the people we cherish, is the formula for a perfect day.
• Love is the greatest treasure. We gain it by giving it away.