Hidden In America

 (40)6.71 h 34 min2011PG-13
Refusing government aid or other assistance, a hard-working man gets a job at a fast-food restaurant to support his 2 kids after he is downsized out of his job and loses his wife to a lengthy illness.
Martin Bell
Beau BridgesBruce DavisonFrances McDormand
English [CC]
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Shelton DaneJena Malone
David R GinsburgFred Berner
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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TulliaReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heartrending Film
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This is a sad, heartrending film about a father, employed in menial jobs, who can barely put enough food on the table for his two children. It is frightening, even alarming to see children foraging through the garbage for food. I have six grandchildren who are well fed and that's exactly how I want them to be. There was the fact, however,that the father, Bill,very well played by Beau Bridges, was too proud to apply for food stamps and to go to the food pantry for food for his children. This flaw created great conflict in that his children too often went hungry.

The children Willa, played by Jenna Malone, and Robbie, played by Shelton Dane, put in excellent performances.

This film will tug at your heart strings. It's well worth the watch.
6 people found this helpful
C DeBlancReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Watched it for Frances McDormand
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I watched this because Frances McDormand is in it, and that's really the only good thing about this movie. The plot is silly, the dialogue is corny, the acting is weak. The actor who played the son did a good job but what happened to his character in the end was overblown. There were many instances of the following: the doctor and the dad (Beau Bridges) stand there making googly-blue-eyes at the bed of a child who just went through a horrible thing. Lame.
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Nate93Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Hidden Where!? 'Murica, You Say??
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Well, this "ain't" the first one-star I've given, but it's been a while. That said, on w/ the "review"...

Robbie should be slapped into next year, assuming there's actually a pipsqueak jerk like him out there---
Hidden in 'Murica.

The idea that a kid would take a turn in thought process the way Robbie is portrayed to have is near disbelief, but it's supposed that may well have happened---
Once again...
Hidden in 'Murica.
Pardon and FreedReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Story Plot, Worth Every Penny for this Movie
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One of my favorite movies with Beau Bridges. The other favorite movie is called "The Other Side of the Mountain" with Beau Bridges. This movie really is good for people or children to realize how good they have it and count their blessings!

Pros: Jeff Bridges plays a Doctor. Another Doctor (don't recall his name), who played in the movie "Willard" he does a great job; being sympathetic and kind to Beau's character. A good movie for single parents that can relate to making it alone with their kids.

Cons: Beau Bridges plays a Prideful man. He doesn't discipline his son for saying something to him that was very disrespectful.
3 people found this helpful
John from TeamspeakReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must see Drama for the struggling middle class.
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I watched this movie as a kid and It haunted me throughout my life. I recently faced my fears and watched it again and suddenly regained appreciation for the things that I do have in my life. I feel grateful and humbled after having revisited this film.
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T.Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie
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Saw this on lifetime years ago but never got to finish it. So glad I found it. Great story but sad it’s so true.
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Adrienne M. TainReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very thought provoking story, can happen to anyone
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This movie was amazing. It really makes you think. Anything can happen, one day you are living comfortably, eating where and what you want. And then the next day, you are wondering where your next meal is coming from and if you will lose your home. This movie can also teach children that everything they receive should be respected as well as the person(s) that make it possible to have it. For parents, this movie can help us to not teach our children that material things is the be all and end all of life. It also goes to the heart of how people think of the homeless and unfortunate. Not everyone that receives public assistance, food stamps, or some kind of government aide is lazy and won't work. Although this movie is a few years old, the reality is very significant for today. I am very thankful for everything I have and hope to not take my advantages for granted.
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sharonReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good story, hard
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HIDDEN IN AMERICA filmed in Toronto - that's weird. Good story, hard, but a sad reality for many.
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