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A Kid Like Jake

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Silas Howard

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About the Movie

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? How young is too young to put a label on a child's identity? Is this just a phase, or is Jake truly transgender? 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: "A Kid Like Jake" is humane, compassionate and strangely detached, almost to the point of inconsequentiality. – Glenn Kenny, New York Times, May 31, 2018

Rotten: The movie doesn't feel like it's going anywhere until it explodes, and the dazzling fireworks don't quite offset its long, seemingly aimless fuse. – Amy Nicholson, Variety, Jan 29, 2018

Fresh: Simply lovely ... – Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 24, 2018

Fresh: "A Kid Like Jake" might not be especially cinematic, but it is profound in its simplicity and truthfulness about what real fights sound like and what real lives look like. – Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press, May 30, 2018

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Customer Reviews

Cant buy a gun until 21 because human brain does'nt fully develop until 23 but...

Every child goes through these stages, that doesnt mean you abuse them by conditioning them in any direction.

Great cast

Great performance by the cast. Claire’s always captivating.

Love everyone always.

Being Christian has taught me one thing and that is to love everyone always no matter what their gender expression is, what they identify as or who they choose to love. That’s what Jesus would do. Great clip!

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  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2018

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