Film / The Ultimate Gift

I wanna give you a gift, a series of gifts, leading up to, well... how 'bout call it "the ultimate gift".
Howard "Red" Stevens, via Video Will

The Ultimate Gift is a movie based on the best-selling novel of the same name. It opens with Mr. Hamilton (Bill Cobbs) being informed of the death of his long-time friend and colleague Howard "Red" Stevens (James Garner).

This film provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Having your child predecease you is the worst thing a parent can possibly experience, as Red and Alexia can attest.
  • Becoming the Mask: Jason towards Emily. He only befriended her for the condition on the will, but eventually becomes a father figure to her.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Sure, Jason finishes all the challenges, becomes a billionaire, and gets together with Alexia, but Emily dies.
  • Bookends: At Red's funeral, a series of statues framed by dark clouds are shown to set the scene in the graveyard. When Emily dies, the same statues are seen from the same angles, with a clear blue sky in the background.
  • Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: Red wished to be buried under Texas soil. His relatives pour some sand on his coffin at the funeral in North Carolina.