Another movie I rented very recently, this one shows the dynamics of what happens when a child feels responsible for his mom's happiness....she is often depressed and crying, too self-involved to notice her son befriends an older man (Hugh). Her son and Hugh hang out together, (thank goodness he's not a sex offender), Hugh buys him new shoes and things... and eventually Hugh confronts the mother for not getting her head out of her butt to notice how miserable her son is. In the end, Hugh is forced to tell the son, "You can't make your mother happy, not in the long run. It's up to her to make herself happy. Because if other people can make you happy, then they can make you unhappy." Just a good film, funny, and insightful about the inherent needs of a little boy. Also, Hugh's own parent was an alcoholic (there's a flashback he has) and Hugh himself in this movie is very shallow, "emotionally stunted," as he put it, unfeeling. He has a time of reflection toward the end and realizes his life is materially rich yet completely empty. It ends well though.
It were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.