This is a story about a 36 year old man who is living on the proceeds of a Christmas song about Santa that his dad wrote long go. His dad was an alcoholic and probably beat him when he was a boy. He has no relationship with the dad anymore or he's dead. The man has never had to work so he grew tempted into being self absorbed and narcissistic and exploiting women and possibly children. He thinks he doesn't need anyone. He gets porn all the time which is an exploitative thing and abusive and he masturbates to that on Christmas and gets drunk and high rather than make any kind of human connection. The only type of human connection he can think of is to satisfy his carnal desires and his lust by using the bodies of desperate women for his own physical lust and then dumping them when they are attached to him and he is bored. This is what makes him a misogynist.
He also has some leanings towards being a pedophile because he states that he will drug and have sex with a girl (which is called drug-assisted rape) if he were made into her godfather on her 18th birthday once she becomes an adult which is psychologically incest because she would see him as family. Also it means he would be lusting after her that entire time that she was a child growing up. He also said he will abuse her, like drop her on the floor, when she is a child. So he knows he is a predator and an abuser and his friends still send him on a date with a woman who has a child, knowing he's told them he is a predator that lusts after their little girl or would, if he was in her life. That shows poor judgement on their part, putting him in any proximity with any children. He needs to see a therapist, not go on a date. Luckily all of the children he comes into contact with are boys, so he doesn't decide to lust after them or rape any of them. However he does show the porn to the 12 year old boy that adopts him as a father figure. This is an actor of pedophilia, showing porn to a child. Showing porn to a child is often used as grooming or brainwashing by human traffickers to have the boy exploited in commercialized rape and child porn. But he isn't involved in that so instead, the boy just has to realize, on his own, that the life of his chosen father-figure is empty and exploitative and that he doesn't approve of it.
Furthermore the nasty 36 year old man steals the opportunity to get money for Amnesty International by having phone sex rather than taking donations because he also wants to exploit the poor who needed that money from Amnesty International. He's rich so he thinks the poor can just drop dead and all he wants is to satisfy his lust. It's the only thing that matters to him. And the people at Amnesty International do absolutely nothing to stop him so you wonder if they also want the poor who rely on them to drop dead from starvation etc. And you wonder if all the rest of the men in Amnesty International will just give up helping the poor and then turn to phone sex instead and then a lot of people end up starving and dead.
Its also really sad when the boy kills a duck by accident, which is actually a crime in the USA because they are protected under the migratory bird treaty act. I don't know about the UK. The boy is going to tell the truth and take responsibility, which would have created in him a love and respect for animals and nature. This is a good trait for anyone to have. The world becomes a better place when we grieve the loss of each animal that we kill accidentally or on purpose (if we are eating them). It would have been better if he would have said a prayer to God to honor the life of the duck and thank God for His creation. At least that. A funeral for the duck would have been nice too. Plus paying a fine or picking up litter in the park as restorative justice for killing a duck because not hunting or killing of animals is allowed in that park. It is supposed to be a safe sanctuary for people and wildlife. Instead of all that, the man lies to the park warden and says that the duck was already dead and the boy is just trying to sink the body. The man is all about lies. All he ever does is lie. It's one of his temptations. Except when he told how he'd rape his goddaughter when she turned 18. That was the truth. Because he really is a pervert. He spends hours every day on the internet perving on naked women photos and see through clothing on women when he isn't watching porn movies.
It's great that the boy still has morals and can chart his own course in life despite having a mother that is suicidally depressed and constantly trying to kill herself and surviving lots of bullying at school that is both physical and verbal abuse. He tries to do everything that he can to save and change the people in his life that he cares about. He sings to his mother and does what he can to stop her from killing herself. He shouts at the man and tries to manipulate or blackmail him to get his life on track and not lead a meaningless evil existence focused on misogyny and exploiting women in all ways possible. He is going through so much, and no one is there to help him and the adults are so self-absorbed and messed up and the bullies are so violent, so the only person he has to care for him and talk to him is himself. So he spends a lot of time singing and talking to himself. I think that is really relatable.
The man starts to see how he could be there for the boy and actually manages to hold conversations with him so the boy doesn't just have to talk to himself anymore. The boy tries to help him have a relationship with his mother but neither of them are able to take care of themselves let alone another person. The man starts to develop actual feelings (not lust) for a woman in the single parents group he joined as a con man to sleep with all the desperate women there and dump them. He also manages to hold a few conversations with her that aren't all about lust. His feelings grow stronger and the boy tells the man to be honest. He actually is honest and explains how he is a con man and that he has developed actual feelings for her and hopes she can reciprocate. She cannot so she dumps him, but the progress he made is that he was able to tell the truth thanks to the boy and have feelings and say what they were.
The boy wants to sing Killing Me Softly to his mom in the talent show because she loves the song and he hopes it will be one more thing he can do to keep her fighting to stay alive. The man is worried that the boy will get bullied worse and for the rest of his school life so he goes and joins the boy on stage while he is singing and crying and helps him out. Then a year later he spends Christmas with the boy, his mom, his ex-girlfriend, and the Amnesty International guy who thought it was fine to steal money from the poor to do phone sex instead because he didn't stop the man from doing that. So the suicidal mom might go out with exploitative Amnesty International guy who wants to rob the poor like the man did with his phone sex. And we're left wondering how is the boy going to deal with the new addition of more messed up adults in his life? Can he just become friends with the park warden? At least that guy cares about nature? Surely he's a better choice of a father figure than these bozos? I guess the boy is happy because he believes the more adults he has in his life, the less likely it is that his mom will kill herself, or the more likely it is that they will step in and take her to the hospital when she does try to kill herself like they did in this movie, which is how he and the man bond, at first. Out of the boy's desperation.
But in reality the boy needs to be taken by Child Protective Services and placed in foster care because she is not fit to be a parent. I think she is meant to be a drug addict too in addition to trying to kill herself. He really is not in a safe environment. He could literally die. No one is there to save him. The bullies hi own age are violent enough that they could lynch him and he could end up dead and no one would get involved. He spends a lot of time by himself so he is an easy target for a drug dealer, pedophile, kidnapper or murderer. The man is literally a pedophile because he showed porn to a child (and I think he offered him drugs which is called providing drugs to a minor). Just because he told the boy's mother he is not a pedophile, she believes him and doesn't care if her son hangs out with him. Just because some guy says they are not a pedophile does not mean they are not a pedophile. So that is another reason why CPS should take him away. He is searching for someone to take care of him and find a way to rescue his mom but he's coming up with nothing or almost nothing. The man is almost nothing. Not really an adult nor a human. More like a monster. The boy is a child. His hands are mostly tied.
If I were to write a sequel to this movie, I would have CPS come and take the boy away and he'd go to a Montessori school with his foster family who would be kind to him and adopt him and he'd learn to love nature and take care of ducks and all the rest of the animals on Earth. He'd learn about God and Jesus and see that he is a divine creation of God and that he is loved. He would have adults that actually loved him and were capable of taking care of him, not mentally ill like the ones he has the misfortune of being surrounded by.
All the adults and bullies who failed him would go to jail for their crimes against him (abandonment, neglect, assault and battery, providing drugs to a minor, pedophila of showing porn to a minor). In jail they would go through therapy for malignant narcissism and misogyny and they would have an experience with God and Jesus and decide to change the way they were living. They would understand the sins of lust, violence against women, drug assisted rape, psychological incest, dishonesty, cruelty to animals, neglect of children, bullying violence, etc.