Debut Trailer for Sundance Drama A KID LIKE JAKE with Claire Danes, Jim Parsons & Octavia Spencer

A KID LIKE JAKE is a drama film directed by Silas Howard (By Hook or by Crook, TV’s Transparent) and written by Daniel Pearle, based on his own 2013 play of the same name. Premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the film stars Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, Amy Landecker, and Ann Dowd.

Brooklyn parents Alex (Danes) and Greg (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 (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.

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