Premiered January 31, 2016 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. – This Hallmark movie is a sequel to “The Ultimate Gift” and “The Ultimate Life.”
The epic life of Jason Stevens continues. Having dealt with the tragedies and perils of his own family, he must try to help a friend along a similar journey. This touching conclusion shows that if we learn something, we change our own life.
When we teach something, we change another’s life, but when we teach people to teach, we change the world.
“The Ultimate Legacy” is based on the novel, “The Gift of a Legacy” by author Jim Stovall.
“The Ultimate Legacy” is an inspiring film. It shines in its ability to remind the viewer about the important things in life, including forgiveness, hard work, and kindness to others.
Set sometime after the “The Ultimate Gift,” the story focuses on Joey Anderson (Myko Olivier), the grandson of wealthy Sally May Anderson (Raquel Welch), who runs the Anderson House, a place that is much more than a bed and breakfast. It is a house of hope, in many respects. With Sally May facing death, she prepares a will that involves several “steps” or “gifts” for Joey to complete in order for him to gain her estate. This includes staying for one year at the Anderson House. Joey is an angry young man and not keen on the idea at first. As the story unfolds, the reason behind his anger is revealed and it involves the death of his father. It is how he died that has left Joey angry.
Along for the journey is a beautiful young lawyer named Kelly James (Katie McClellan) and Jason Stevens (Logan Bartholomew), who had undergone the same set-up when his grandfather Red passed away. Lee Meriwether and Brian Dennehy also guest star in the film. Joey undergoes changes during the story — for the better. He is touched by a veteran named Michael who lost a leg and dreams of dancing with his wife again. It becomes Joey’s dream to help make Michael’s dream come true. Joey also is encouraged to deal with his anger regarding his father. He finds that a lot of generosity was already on the inside — he just needed to release it. Joey learns some life-lessons and sees in Kelly a possible soul mate.
This movie is one of those fortunate films that features a solid story, superb acting, a bit of humor, and growth in the main character. We are more than happy to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus. “The Ultimate Legacy” is a quality film worth seeing!