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Now for my movie review of the night: "The Ultimate Gift"
The Ultimate Gift is a movie version of the book by the same name written by Jim Stovall. The book has sold over 3 million copies.
This is a story of a year long quest by Jason Stevens to inherit a piece of his billionaire uncle's estate. Jason is arrogant, selfish and has had life handed to him on a silver platter for his entire life. He believes that all the best things in life can be paid for.
Following the death of his wealthy uncle Jason is late to the funeral and then heads to the lawyer's office waiting to receive his share of the billion dollar estate. Instead, what he finds, is that in order to receive his inheritance he has to complete 12 monthly assignments or gifts that will eventually lead him to "The Ultimate Gift." This 12 month journey will change his life forever as he decides which is more important: money or happiness and they are not necessarily dependent on each other. It's a journey of self-discovery.
His uncle, before he died, had recorded a video which would be shown by the lawyer to Jason each month. Each month the next part of the video would direct Jason to his next assignment. As an example, the first gift is The Gift of Work. Jason will need to go to Texas to a sprawling ranch where he will be required to do back-breaking manual labor for several weeks. He must do it to the rancher's satisfaction or the task is not considered completed.
Jason's transformation through the course of the movie is inspiring to anyone. You sometimes have to lose everything to appreciate life and the joy of giving. The actress who REALLY takes this movie to soaring heights is Abigail Breslin, the young girl from Little Miss Sunshine, Nim’s Island and many more great movies. I read that she beat out Dakota Fanning for the part.
The movie and book are somewhat different, but knowing that the two are not exactly the same doesn't detract from enjoying either film or book.
During this movie don't be surprised if you laugh and cry (guys included). In the movie, Jason's life was changed forever. Your life as well maybe changed forever after seeing this. This will be one of the most heartwarming & wonderful films you will ever see. It’s definitely one to through in the ‘ol Netflix queue…I know I’m glad I did!