The Ultimate Gift

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The Ultimate Gift ★★½ 2007 (PG)

Sentimental, sometimes preachy dra ma based on Jim Stovall's novel. Trust fund twentysomething playboy Jason Ste vens (Fuller) expects nothing from his es tranged grandfather Red's (Garner) will. But Red, via videotaped messages, leaves Jason a fortune—with stipulations that are intended to teach him to be a better person, including bonding with young cancer patient Emily (Breslin). Pic veers off track when Jason goes to Ecuador and gets kidnapped by bandits but manages to right itself. And it's a pleasure to see old pros like Garner, Dennehy, and Cobb at work. 114m/C DVD . US Drew Fuller, James Garner, Ali Hillis, Abigail Breslin, Lee Meriwether, Bri an Dennehy, Bill Cobbs; D: Michael O. Sajbel; W: Cheryl McKay; C: Brian Baugh; M: Mark McKen zie, Anthony Short.