The Ultimate Gift (2007) A billionaire geezer (James Garner) dies, leaving behind video messages introducing 12 "gifts" — i.e., tests — meant to teach his brat grandson (Drew Fuller)… 2007-03-09 PG PT114M Drama Abigail Breslin Drew Fuller James Garner Fox Faith
Movie Review

The Ultimate Gift (2007)

MPAA Rating: PG
AIN'T NO 'SUNSHINE' After her Oscar nom, Breslin returns in Gift , a miss by more than just a little
AIN'T NO 'SUNSHINE' After her Oscar nom, Breslin returns in Gift, a miss by more than just a little
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Mar 09, 2007; Rated: PG; Length: 114 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Abigail Breslin; Distributor: Fox Faith

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?

Originally posted Mar 14, 2007 Published in issue #926 Mar 23, 2007 Order article reprints