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A Kid Like Jake (2018)

R | | Drama, Family | 1 June 2018 (USA)
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Loving parents of a four-year-old must come to terms with their child being transgender.


Silas Howard


Daniel Pearle (adapted by), Daniel Pearle (based on play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Alex Wheeler
Jim Parsons ... Greg Wheeler
Octavia Spencer ... Judy
Priyanka Chopra ... Amal
Ann Dowd ... Catherine
Amy Landecker ... Sandra
Leo James Davis ... Jake Wheeler
Julia Chan ... Michelle
Lee Aaron Rosen ... Tom Hedwall
Kelly Deadmon ... Cynthia Hedwall
Olivia Bond ... Kimmie
Rhys Bhatia Rhys Bhatia ... Sanjay
Aneesh Sheth ... Dr. Laurel Hendricks
Cindy Cheung ... Woman
Eve Lindley ... Waiter #1


A Brooklyn couple has always known that their four-year-old son is more interested in fairy tale princesses than toy cars. But when his preschool director points out that his gender-nonconforming play may be more than a phase, the couple is forced to rethink their roles as parents and spouses. Written by A Kid Like Jake

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

1 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Kid Like Jake See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,936, 3 June 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,824, 8 July 2018
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Did You Know?


This is the third collaboration between Octavia Spencer and Jim Parsons. The first was on The Big Bang Theory ("The Euclid Alternative" Season 2, Episode 5). Ms. Spencer played a DMV agent dealing with the exasperating Mr. Parsons. The second was in Hidden Figures (2016) See more »


Judy: It's never going to be easy to really see people.
Judy: Especially the ones we love.
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it's really about the adults
13 June 2018 | by chicagovesuviSee all my reviews

Claire Danes and Jim Parsons give some impassioned performances in this tale about the parents, teachers and other adults in the orbit of a 4 year-old who exhibits some indication of gender non-conformity which morphs into something slightly more violent after some bullying and attempts to set boundaries. Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra and Ann Dowd comprise the strong supporting cast. Everyone is trying to do their best in a sensitive situation. That's where the tension builds.

This movie isn't so much about clear-cut solutions, but more about how painful it is to feel the burden of doing what's considered right... and everyone has a different idea of exactly what that is. Plus each character has stresses which complicates their perceptions.

Ultimately, being nurturing, supportive and patient seems to be the bow tied on this brief interlude. But, I'd say, this movie is less about concrete answers and more about the situation, capped with some gut-wrenching dramatic presentation.

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