Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Cheryl McKay (Screenplay), Jim Stovall (Book)
Michael O. Sajbel
Rick Eldridge, John Shepherd and Cleve Landsberg
Jason thought his inheritance was going to be a gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Produced by Life(n) Media and Dean River Productions, and 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. 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 accumulation of which would change him forever.
This is a fine story with good acting and tight direction. Howard "Red" Stevens leaves his grandson, Jason, an unusual inheritance. Jason has to pass certain tests before he learns what that final inheritance will be. It includes working hard for the first time in his life, and helping others out. Jason undergoes change and grows as a character as he passes one test after another. In one touching scene in a chapel, a young girl named Emily has befriended Jason and he learns she is dying of cancer. They look at a statue of Jesus with outstretched arms. Jason says that although he doesn't know much about God or Jesus, he believes those arms are for Emily.
Content Description: Sex: Kissing Language: H-1 (as an expletive); H-1 (as a place); B.S. (initials spoken, but not the word); "Scr*w him"-1; "Scr*w both of you"-1. Violence: None Drugs: Drinking Nudity: Cleavage Other: None