A Kid Like Jake

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Film Info
Program:New Releases
Family Drama
Culture & Society
Release Year:2018
Runtime:92 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:IFC Films
Director:Silas Howard
Producer:Paul Bernon
Eric Norsoph
Jim Parsons
Rachel Song
Todd Spiewak
Cinematographer:Steven Capitano Calitri
Screenwriter:Daniel Pearle
Editor:Michael Taylor
Composer:Roger Neill
Principal Cast:Claire Danes
Jim Parsons
Octavia Spencer
Priyanka Chopra
Amy Landecker
Ann Dowd
Leo James Davis
Rhys Bhatia


Brooklyn parents Alex (Claire Danes) and Greg (Jim Parsons) are lucky to have a kid like Jake. Their four-year-old is bright, precocious, creative—and just happens to prefer Disney princesses to toy cars and skirts to jeans. Jake's "gender expansive" behavior—as local preschool director Judy (Octavia Spencer) dubs it—is no big deal to Alex and Greg. Or so it seems, until the process of navigating New York City's hyper-competitive private school system opens up a parental quagmire: could Jake's gender nonconformity be just the thing that gives their child an edge in the admissions game? At what age is it appropriate to put a label on a child's identity? Is this just a phase and what are parents' roles in their child's process of self-discovery? Split in their opinions on how to handle the situation, Alex and Greg find themselves navigating an emotional and ethical minefield with one patch of common ground between them: their fierce desire to do what's right for Jake. Transparent director Silas Howard helms this timely, honest, emotionally rich look at 21st-century parenting. A Kid Like Jake had its World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was Opening Night for the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival.


"This might be the start of a long and winding path, but it's no small thing for A Kid Like Jake to so clearly illustrate how love is always going to be the path of least resistance." - IndieWire

"Not only deeply sympathetic, but also expansively humane and funny." - Vulture

"This sensitive adaptation finds freshness by avoiding didacticism and embracing uncertainty." - Slate


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