"The Ultimate Gift", the predecessor to this movie "The Ultimate Life", has always been one of my favorite movies. Loved Drew Fuller as Jason and Abigail Breslin, an amazing young talent, was excellent as Emily Rose. It was a fast paced, never a dull moment, entertaining story, which, in my opinion, did not need a sequel. The iconic James Garner did well in explaining why he needed someone in his family responsible enough to entrust his fortune to. After putting Jason, Drew Fuller, through a series of tests to find himself and what, ultimately, is the most important thing in life - the gift of giving, Jason proved himself worthy of his inheritance, which was used in part to build a research hospital dedicated to Emily Rose...the daughter of the woman he loved.
That being said, I bought "The Ultimate Life" with the anticipation of learning what made "Red" tick, and that is what the movie is mostly about...Red's Steven's valuable lessons on what is REALLY important in life. It jumped around a bit, from Jason's life and his present day struggles, back to the WWII era and Red Steven's life and his all-consuming greed for money, and the development of his friendship with Ted Hamilton (his lawyer who stuck by Red through thick or thin).
Thank goodness Red kept a journal of his up and down struggles, which was eventually given to Jason by Hamilton. Jason's study of his grandfather's journal helped teach him the real values in life and ultimately brought him the inner peace and happiness he longed for.
The acting is good, and it's definitely a movie the whole family can enjoy and learn from....happy viewing!