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The Ultimate Gift (2006)

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A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.

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... Howard 'Red' Stevens
... Mr. Theophilus Hamilton
... Miss Hastings
George Lee ... Pastor (as George Lee Masters)
... Bill Stevens
... Jack Stevens
... Emily Rose
... Alexia
... Jason Stevens
... Caitlin
... Sarah Stevens
... Ruth Stevens
... Bill's Lawyer
... Jack's Lawyer
Alecia Brady Curcuru ... Bill's Wife
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Jason thought his inheritance was going to be the gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Based on the best-selling book "The Ultimate Gift" by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: "What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?" Jason had a very simple relationship with his impossibly wealthy Grandfather, Howard "Red" Stevens. He hated him. No heart-to-heart talks, no warm fuzzies, just cold hard cash. So of course he figured that when Red died, the whole "reading of the will" thing would be another simple cash transaction, that his Grandfather's money would allow him to continue living in the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. But what Red left him was anything but simple. Red instead devised a plan for Jason to experience a crash course on life. Twelve tasks, which Red calls "gifts," each challenging Jason in an improbable way, the ... Written by Sajbel, Michael O.

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A life experience becomes a gift. See more »

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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9 March 2007 (USA)  »

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12 podmienok dedicstva  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,241,079, 11 March 2007, Wide Release

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$3,438,735
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As Jason walks into the hospital for the first time, a voice can be heard over the address system saying: "Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Howard. Paging Dr. Kline, Dr. Kline. Paging Dr. Howard." This is certainly an homage to the repeated line in the 1934 Three Stooges film, Men in Black: "Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard." See more »

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In the scene where Emily is holding the umbrella, her hand keeps changing from the handle to the metal rod. See more »

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Emily: Two completely opposite people, who wouldn't have had a chance without me, destined to make each other miserable.
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Followed by The Ultimate Life (2013) See more »

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Wonderful journey of self-discovery
24 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Spoiled trust beneficiary playboy Jason Stevens is angry with his incalculably rich grandfather Red Stevens, and with his own life. When Red dies Jason shows up late for the funeral and makes a scene when he does show. But Red has prepared a "gift" for Jason's inheritance, unlike anything he leaves to the rest of the family. Indeed, Red leaves the rest of his self-absorbed and greedy Stevens family merely money. However, Jason's "gift" must be earned, and so Jason sets off on the quest. The quest for what Jason initially has no idea. In essence, Jason's quest is the quest of the aspiring knight who must slay his dragon to prove he is a man. Consequently, some may find the plot contrived or even hackneyed. But, as with all fables, it is the struggle that matters, not the circumstance, and what this movie shows is the very real struggle of all young men to find meaning in and a purpose for their lives. For some reason this kind of sentimentality is lately acceptable in war movies, but rarely elsewhere. Thus, it is refreshing to see in a context if minimal violence. When Jason finally gets his "gift" he has become a man that Red could be proud of, and who can be proud of himself. This is a deeply moving picture, and a well constructed one. But it is also one that one must be ready to watch.


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