A Kid Like Jake Movie Review

A Kid Like Jake starring Claire Danes, Jim Parsons and Octavia Spencer directed by Silas Howard is reviewed by What the Flick?! This clip is brought to you in partnership with http://atomtickets.com. Use code WTF5 for $5 off your first purchase!

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Alex Wheeler (CLAIRE DANES) and her husband Greg (JIM PARSONS) are approaching a crossroads that is all too familiar to New York City parents – finding the “right” primary school for their son, Jake.* Greg is a therapist working to build a private practice, while Alex has put a law career on hold to devote herself full-time to raising her son, a precocious four-year-old who happens to prefer Disney princesses to G.I. Joe. Aware that Jake has the potential to be a candidate for a scholarship at a private school, Jake’s preschool director Judy (OCTAVIA SPENCER), a trusted friend of the family, encourages Alex to mention Jake’s “gender expansive” play in their applications. After all, Judy suggests, it’s a big part of who is, and these schools are looking for diversity. Besides, she asks Alex, doesn’t she want Jake to land somewhere he can really thrive? Despite some initial misgivings, Alex and Greg take Judy’s advice. But as the process continues, Jake’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic and perplexing, and the question of what’s really going on with Jake starts to create a rift between the two parents. Alex worries that the adults in Jake’s life are labeling him prematurely, while Greg wonders if Jake’s fondness for dress-up might be more than just a phase. The comments and opinions of Alex’s mother Catherine (ANN DOWD) and single friend Amal (PRIYANKA CHOPRA) only contribute to the noise, and pretty soon it seems like everyone in Jake’s life has something to say about him. As they struggle to navigate their roles as parents, Alex and Greg begin to see that they are not only confronting their concerns about what’s best for Jake, but also trying to save the bond they have with each other. The story of a husband and wife struggling to do right by their son, A Kid Like Jake is a study of intimacy and parenthood and the fantasies that accompany both.

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Alexander Forbes says:

I don’t think a lot of parents have to decide what kindergarten their kid goes to, most people just have one option.

Hito says:

Jim Parsons is fucking fantastic in this.

TheSpiritOfTheTimes says:

The series Parsons stars in is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life. Insulting nonsense.

Abdul M says:

Good to see Ben, he should do it more often 😀

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Melantrist says:

Why was Ben on the table? 😀

Joshua Lieder says:

Children may change their behavior or minds later. Teach Jake to enjoy being a boy the way God made Him.

harunotodoroki says:

No thanks,

Akash K says:

Priyanka Chopra?

Mr. Nobody says:

On one side I say love is love, love who you love as long as the 2 are consenting adults, wear what you like, true fashion has no gender. On the other hand, you want to protect your kid from behavior that may get them bullied. Also, biologically xx=female and xy=male, Adults have the right to plastic surgery, I just wonder if dealing with the dysphoria would be healthier than an expensive, dangerous gender reassignment operation that too many regret after.

Allen Payne says:

I completley forgot Ben was sitting there

LulyTubee says:

What’s up Ben ? No comments?

Emhyr says:

Sheldon and Carrie… what a weird pairing.

201stars says:

No shade, but Jim Parsons isn’t convincing enough as a straight character.

Johnny Rio says:

They liked this movie…. well, color me surprised. Also, am I gonna buy Jim Parsons as a straight male…… I don’t think so.

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