The Santa Con (2014 TV Movie)
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Small-time con man Nick DeMarco is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays... and he hates it. Near the end of his first shift, he hastily promises a young boy, Billy, that Santa will bring his estranged parents back together by Christmas. When his sister Rosemary hears this, she is livid and can't believe he would break a little boy's heart with an empty promise. After a long night of soul searching - and with the help of an insightful female pastor - Nick decides to make good on his promise to the child, somehow. But after meeting the boy's mother Carol, will Nick ultimately choose to put the happiness of others ahead of his own?
In prison, con man Nick DeMarco, using his professional talents on the warden and board, is granted early parole. One person who can see right through Nick is his sister, Rose DeMarco, who is nonetheless forced to take him in in the short term. As a job is a condition of Nick's parole, Rose manages to get him a short term one in view of her mall coffee stand as a mall Santa, he accepting it despite it not matching the money from some of his high end cons. What Rose can see as his first major screw up in his narcissism in not even realizing he did it is that he, as Santa, promises one little boy what he asks for for Christmas: to get his estranged parents back together by Christmas in just over a week. Out of circumstance, Nick, confused over his error with the boy, turns to God in the form of Ruth, the pastor at a church in the neighborhood, she who convinces Nick that truly to make amends for his life, he has to try to make that boy's Christmas wish come true despite not even knowing who the boy is or what his parents' circumstances are. With Rose's help, finding out the "who's" is the easy part: the boy being seven year old Billy Guthrie, and his not yet divorced parents being web designer Carol Guthrie and ad man John Guthrie. Again using his professional talents with a little help from Rose and who also ends up being his ex-con former prison mate Paul Greenberg, Nick is able to infiltrate their individual lives, he discovering that Carol still loves her husband, but John seems to love whiskey more as he chose drinking over family when given an ultimatum. In the process, Nick becomes emotionally invested in their lives, to the point that he may lose sight of the end goal in falling for Carol himself.
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