This was an extremely moving story about a young man abused by women as a boy and had repressed memories which had to be worked out some way. After he is grown and in the Navy, he's sent to anger management. Goaded by some of his fellow recruits as being 'gay', he is finally seen by a Naval psychiatrist. At first, he refused to talk about his childhood, finding it too painful.
As he accepts and gets to know (even ate Thanksgiving dinner at the doctor's home) someone he feels he can trust, all the sordidness of his past is re-lived in flashbacks. After finding his soul mate, he seeks freedom from the demons of his past. They go on a journey to confront the old women who had abused him in different ways.
Like James Brown, the father of soul music, he was an abandoned child. Later, he confronts his mother who had given him away, to show her how he'd overcome the hardships imposed by her actions. She wasn't impressed that he had grown into an upright, decent person. He found her in questionable circumstances in what looked to be a crack house.
This movie is a tearjerker, according to Maxine who cried through most of it. She recommends it to all parents as a lesson about what happens when a child has no training or parental love and guidance.