I read that a movie released March 9 called The Ultimate Gift has been dissed by MSM reviewers because it contains an anti-abortion message. So my daughter (home from college on spring break) and I went to see it this afternoon.
Plot: “When his wealthy grandfather dies, trust fund baby Jason Stevens anticipates a big inheritance. Instead, his grandfather has devised a crash course on life: 12 tasks (or “gifts”) designed to challenge Jason in improbable ways, sending him on a journey of self-discovery and forcing him to determine what is most important in life: money or happiness.” ~ Fox Family Films
Stars: James Garner, Brian Dennehy, Lee Meriwether, and young Abigail Breslin (who made this movie before attaining fame in Little Miss Sunshine); Washington Post: “well-acted by a first rate cast.”
The movie contains one pro-life line: After a single mom and love interest tells Jason she got pregnant in college, she says, “Emily… she’s the best decision I ever made.”
That’s it. For that The Ultimate Gift earned these complaints by reviewers….
“[T]here’s an anti-abortion message jammed into one scene with all the subtlety of an avalanche. Just in case you miss it, it’s repeated in the credits too. Some gift, eh?” ~ Chicago Tribune
“[T]he movie’s messages – pro-poverty, anti-abortion – are methodically hammered home.” ~ New York Times
“Apart from one not-so-subtle anti-abortion message and that the characters take time for religious worship, the film’s values are fairly well encoded into the story, such that it feels less like a sermon and more like a film with a good, if somewhat sappy, heart.” ~ Los Angeles Times
See Rotten Tomatoes for other mixed reviews, including some that are very positive.
We gave the movie 2.75 stars out of 4. It would have been a very good movie except for a short detour that had our hero captured by Equadorian drug lords.
But I can’t believe one pro-life line – eight words – so repulsed some members of MSM that they spent several times more words complaining about it.