Rated PG | Time: 1:49
In this sequel to “The Ultimate Gift,” former rich playboy Jason (Logan Bartholomew) is coping with the pressure of running his late grandfather’s foundation while his greedy relatives sue him for more money. He finds guidance in the journals of his grandfather (Drew Waters), whom we see in flashbacks as a Depression-era laborer turned Texas oil tycoon.
As with the original, director Michael J. Landon adapted the film from a faith-based book by Jim Stovall. The film wasn’t screened for local critics, but Drew Hunt of Slant Magazine had this to say:
“It’s the same bland, sub-made-for-TV hogwash as its predecessor. … The moral grandstanding that accompanies the Christian idealism automatically alienates anyone who isn’t a Christian idealist, leaving no room for an audience other than the one for which it’s intended. The film is therefore a success and a failure at the same time.”
(At the Barrywoods, Independence, Merriam, Studio 30.)
| Sharon Hoffmann