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The Ultimate Gift

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The Ultimate Gift

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
114 minutes
Wide Release Date:
03/09/07
performer:
Abigail Breslin, Drew Fuller, James Garner
director:
Michael O. Sajbel
distributor:
Fox Faith
author:
Cheryl McKay
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

A billionaire geezer (James Garner) dies, leaving behind video messages introducing 12 ”gifts” — i.e., tests — meant to teach his brat grandson (Drew Fuller) how to value life. So The Ultimate Gift is kind of like a feel-good Saw for churchgoers, minus the sadistic games of death. Not that overtly religious, just shameless, the movie picks up when our hero befriends Abigail Breslin as a cutie with leukemia. Then it nose-dives when he hits South America, where he is held hostage by banditos. Is that another test or just poor travel planning?