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Rated PG · 114 minutes · 2007

In the latest release from the faith-based division of 20th Century Fox, an oil-rich billionaire (James Garner) kicks the bucket and leaves a special bequest for his trust-fund-suckling grandson (Drew Fuller) -- a gauntlet of hard work and hardship designed to give the boy an appreciation for the true value of a greenback. Among the tasks: toughing it out as a Texas ranch hand, living as a homeless person, and showing some genuine compassion for a debt-addled single mom (Ali Hillis) and her leukemia-stricken daughter (Abigail Breslin). If he succeeds, the "ultimate gift" of the movie's title will be his -- which, in case you haven't figured it out, is one of those things you can't buy with MasterCard. Directed with accomplished impersonality by Michael O. Sajbel (One Night With the King), The Ultimate Gift means well and has a few surprises in store -- this is not a movie you expect to climax in a tense jungle stand-off with Eucadorian drug runners -- but too often feels like yet another self-flagellating Hollywood lesson in the corrosive power of wealth and the benefits of getting down with the real soul people. It's The Pursuit of Happyness made from the ivory tower looking down, instead of from the street looking up.
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Director: Michael O. Sajbel
Writer: Cheryl McKay and Jim Stovall
Producer: Rick Eldridge
Cast: Drew Fuller, James Garner, Ali Hillis, Abigail Breslin, Brian Dennehy, Lee Meriwether, Mircea Monroe, Donna Cherry, D. David Morin and Rose Bianco


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