Hidden in America Reviews
The two kids in the film (Shelton Dane and Jean Malone) have big parts that they fill admirably and Frances McDormand adds a nice touch as the concerned mechanic who Robbie meets one day while skipping school. It is a very upsetting film to watch and makes you stop and relish just how lucky you are. Jeff Bridges also has a brief cameo as a surgeon.
The credits end with the following caption:
On any given night, up to 5 million children in America go to bed hungry.
How many of us will wake up in the morning and think about solutions?
illness drains his resources, and when he loses her, he loses everything. He refuses to accept government aid
or other assistance, and gets a job at a fast-food restaurant, bringing home leftovers to feed his children, Willa
(Jena Malone), 9, and Robbie (Shelton Dane), 11.
Prestigious surgeon Dr. Michael Millerton (Bruce Davison) meets Willa when she visits his daughter, who is the
same age. Willa, poorly dressed and very hungry, sneaks food from the kitchen. Michael loses a bet with his
colleague, Dr. Vincent (Jeff Bridges), and takes his place donating service at the community clinic where Bill
brings Willa with a bad cough and persistent headaches. The diagnosis, that the child is anemic and her
immune system is weakened by poor nutrition, angers the struggling father.