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Jason thought his inheritance was going to be the gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. 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, just cold hard cash.

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.

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Prepared by Fox Faith, this guide uses clips from the movie, scripture and discussion prompts to expand upon key lessons and values from The Ultimate Gift.


This discussion guide, prepared by Paul Schervish, the Director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, allows you to apply the deeper purposes and aspirations of the film to your own life and legacy.


This guide will help you provide an understanding of how youth can learn positive values, behavior and decision-making abilities from movies, whether in the classroom or informal settings such as after-school programs or at home.


  • "A breath of fresh air...this wholesome movie goes straight for the heart and will enrich your life with its bountiful presents."
    - The Kansas City Sun
  • "Will bring tears to even the coldest of hearts."
    - The Providence Journal
  • "If you ever wonder why we still call them 'movie stars', look no further than The Ultimate Gift."
    - Orlando Sentinel
  • "It's a pleasure to watch such old pros as Garner and Dennehy work their magic...and Breslin brings such charm to her role that it more than justifies her position as one of Oscar's youngest nominees."
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "Abigail Breslin matches her Oscar-nominated work in Little Miss Sunshine with a brilliant performance."
    - ReelTalk
  • "Well-acted by a first-rate cast."
    - The Washington Post
  • "Garner and Dennehy inhabit their supporting roles with easygoing authority and sly humor."
    - Variety
  • "A greeting card of a movie."
    - Houston Chronicle
  • "Heartfelt without being preachy."
    - L.A. Times
  • "We can tell you authoritatively that you've never seen a picture like it. Take It's A Wonderful Life, add The Heiress, put in a pinch of The Millionaire and you're starting to get warm."
    - Forbes
  • "Graced with fine performances."
    - Chicago Tribune
  • "Tailor-made for a family...The Ultimate Gift is worth receiving."
    - Scripps Howard
  • "The film addresses materialism, values and legacy issues in a big way."
    - The Arizona Republic
  • "The script is tight and often compelling, the dialogue sparks and the production values are first-rate. A nice change-of-pace from the kind of hip cynicism that seems to infuse even the most genial of Hollywood family films these days."
    - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • "Abigail Breslin proves her performance in the title role of Little Miss Sunshine was no fluke with her work in The Ultimate Gift."
    - Syracuse Post-Standard
  • "An inspirational tearjerker...complete with the unwavering message that good is, as it should be, its own reward."
    - Baltimore Sun
  • "Another winner...could be described as a spiritual training film."
    - Chicago Sun-Times