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November 30, 2015
Moving portrait of hunger and its affect on an American family, but I think that pride is a poor excuse for not seeking help sooner that could minimize the health effects on your children. Hence the saying that "Pride goeth before a fall," and the fact that pride is one of the seven deadly sins.
December 4, 2012
Good movie but the circumstances will bring you to tears
Super Reviewer
½ November 30, 2011
Beau Bridges is superb as Bill Januson, a decent, hard-working man who has been dealt two devastating blows. First, he lost his 17-year job on an assembly line in Michigan and then, his wife died of cancer. Now Bill is trying to support his two children with a part-time job at a hamburger place and forced to cope with his family's descent into poverty. His fierce pride takes a further dent when he meets a doctor (Bruce Davidson) who wants to help the family after his daughter`s health deteriorates due to malnutrition.

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?
½ July 25, 2011
Good acting , ending was a bit of an anti-climax but the story lost credibility in that the family was supposed to be going hungry and missing meals and yet Beau Bridges who played the father is grossly overweight. Very poor casting!
November 17, 2010
A good subject but doesn't deliver its impact in this drama. Should rather done a documentary instead.
August 7, 2010
Hard-working Bill Janusen (Beau Bridges) is downsized out of his job on the assembly line. His wife's lengthy
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.
Super Reviewer
October 20, 2009
We need to stop worrying so much about other countries & start worrying about our own then this kind of crap wouldnt be happening in America
September 15, 2009
I love the storyline.. Made me remember how it used to be back when i was living in PJ, struggling..
May 30, 2009
Pride overcomes sense for Bill Janison, for whom nothing comes of persisting attempts to provide for his family after the death of his wife, and unwilling to accept help, he watches his own children become physically and mentally unwell. Tiresomely uneventful drama, with no real plus-points besides a neat performance from the always perfect Jena Malone (whose character however is drillingly boring!). It's alright, but really you have better things to do than watch weak empty dramas like this...
October 14, 2008
Great Family Movie,Great to see both Beau and Jeff in the same movie again.
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