5 year old Jake likes dresses, and everything princess related, especially Cinderella. Jake also vehemently dislikes the pirate costume his mum bought him for Halloween. Directed by trans filmmaker Silas Howard (Transparent, By Hook or by Crook), A Kid Like Jake explores the journey two parents go through in order to really see their son.
Former lawyer Alex (Claire Danes) and her psychiatrist husband Greg (Jim Parsons) are navigating the exhausting selection process of New York's private school system. Jake has impressive test scores, thanks to his intelligence and imagination.
His preschool manager Judy (Octavia Spencer) advises Alex to emphasise Jake's gender-variant play in their scholarship application letters to make him a distinctive candidate. This sets off a bout of self-questioning about one's responsibility as a parent. This impressive cast also features Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd and Amy Landecker.
"a smart and graceful film" - Vulture