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Parents' Guide to

The Ultimate Gift

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Faith-based movie with obvious but positive messages.

Movie PG 2007 114 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 14+

Poor spoiled rich billionaire has to prove his worth

This is a ridiculous premise that a spoiled rich kid will somehow turn over a new leaf by completing a series of "challenges." It is difficult to feel any sympathy for someone who has had everything handed to them. Like a sympathy grab for the 1%. People who have had every advantage and somehow the spoiled rich kid turns his moral compass around. What kind of manure are they selling with this story? Contrived. Pathetic. Unimaginative and hardly something that deserves even a spotlight. There are millions suffering without hundreds of millions, trust funds or billions that will be handed over to them when they complete a few jumps through some hoops. This would be a fairytale. Nothing more. About as harmful as Disney stories.
age 9+

Sweet and Meaningful Movie

This movie is both sweet and meaningful, yet is could have been much better. The whole thing radiates low-budget film. I mean, the acting is alright and everything, but something about it just doesn't for it for me. For kids, it is mostly appropriate and it offers some great lessons. That's why I would recommend this movie to parents and younger children as a sort of 'lesson learning' movie. That is probably the only way it would really be worth the watch.

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Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Thank goodness for Bill Cobbs. As Hamilton, the wise, infinitely patient lawyer in The Ultimate Gift, he provides welcome respite from the movie's sentimental, predictable action. Nuanced and detailed, his performance is the film's only convincing element. Too bad Hamilton is just a supporting character. The film's insistence on stereotypes is evident in the introduction of violent Ecuadorian drug dealers.

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