Ultimate Gift, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Modern-day parable about a self-absorbed young man (Drew Fuller) who, to inherit his tycoon grandfather's (James Garner) fortune, must first accomplish a series of tasks intended to teach him significant life lessons. His learning curve is accelerated by a plucky, terminally ill girl (Abigail Breslin) and her single mom (Ali Hillis), whose gift of friendship provides the catalyst for his eventual transformation. Director Michael O. Sajbel's heartfelt adaptation of Jim Stovall's novel avoids excessive sentimentality as it imparts positive messages about gratitude, forgiveness, family and altruism that overcome its uneven script and some average performances. Mature thematic elements, some brief violence and a few instances of crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
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