A Kid Like Jake

On the eve of the admissions cycle for New York City kindergartens, Alex and Greg Wheeler have high hopes for four-year-old Jake. The director of Jake's preschool encourages them to accentuate Jake's gender expansive behavior to help him stand out. As Alex and Greg navigate their roles as parents, a rift grows between them, one that forces them to confront their own concerns about what's best for Jake, and each other.

A Kid Like Jake

A Kid Like Jake is a 2018 American drama film directed by Silas Howard and written by Daniel Pearle, based on his play of the same name. The film stars Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, and Ann Dowd. It was released on June 15, 2018, by IFC Films.


A Kid Like Jake is the story of a New York City couple (Danes and Parsons) trying to do what's best for their four-year-old son, Jake (Leo James Davis), who prefers to dress up in girls' clothes and play with dolls rather than trucks. The parents navigate the child's gender nonconformity while also preparing him for kindergarten and worrying about how he will be perceived by his peers and teachers.


The film was praised for its performances, particularly those of Danes and Parsons, as well as its handling of the subject matter. It was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.


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