A Kid Like Jake

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A Kid Like Jake
A Kid Like Jake.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Silas Howard
Produced by
Written by Daniel Pearle
Based on A Kid Like Jake
by Daniel Pearle
Music by Roger Neill
Cinematography Steven Calitri
Edited by Michael Taylor
  • Bankside Films
  • Burn Later Productions
  • Double Nickel Entertainment
  • Head Gear Films
  • That's Wonderful Productions
  • XS Media
Distributed by IFC Films
Release date
  • January 23, 2018 (2018-01-23) (Sundance)
  • June 1, 2018 (2018-06-01) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Kid Like Jake is a 2018 American drama film directed by Silas Howard and written by Daniel Pearle, based on his own 2013 play of the same name. The film stars Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Priyanka Chopra, Amy Landecker, Ann Dowd, and Octavia Spencer.

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2018. Distributed by IFC Films, A Kid Like Jake had a limited release on June 1, 2018, the film received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for the performances of its cast.


Alex (Claire Danes) and Greg Wheeler (Jim Parsons) struggle with the their four-year old son's gender identity when they realize he might be transgender. Alex and Greg struggle to figure out what's best for their son as they apply for him to go to a private kindergarten in New York City.


  • Claire Danes as Alex Wheeler, playing a nervous newly pregnant mother, Greg’s wife and Jake's mom
  • Jim Parsons as Greg Wheeler, playing a psychiatrist, Jake’s father and Alex’s husband
  • Priyanka Chopra as Amal, Alex and Greg’s single mother friend
  • Amy Landecker as Sandra, Greg’s sexual counseling client
  • Ann Dowd as Catherine, Alex’s mom
  • Octavia Spencer as Judith "Judy" Lawson, Jake’s preschool principal
  • Aasif Mandvi as Darren, Amal’s boyfriend
  • Rhys Bhatia as Sanjay, Amal’s child
  • Leo James Davis as Jake Wheeler, Alex and Greg’s preschool age son, who may have gender dysphoria, though this is not depicted in any way


On February 24, 2017, it was announced that Claire Danes and Jim Parsons had been cast in the drama film adaptation of A Kid Like Jake, a play by Daniel Pearle who would also adapt; while Silas Howard would direct. Parsons and Todd Spiewak would be producing the film through their banner That's Wonderful Productions along with Eric Norsoph,[1] Paul Bernon for Burn Later, and Rachel Song for XS Media.[2]

On May 12, 2017, Octavia Spencer was cast in the film, while Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd, and Michaela Watkins were in negotiations to be cast.[3][4] In July 2017, Amy Landecker joined the cast.[5]

Principal photography on the film began in June 2017 in Brooklyn, New York City.[citation needed]


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2018.[6] Shortly after, IFC Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[7] It was released on limited screens on June 1, 2018.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 60% approval rating based on 35 reviews, and an average rating of 6.4/10.[9] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 60 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10]

The Hollywood Reporter called the film a "lovely comedy-drama".[11] The Associated Press gave the film three out of four, writing "Both Danes and Parsons excel in these well-written roles, with a compelling supporting cast around them that includes Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd and Amy Landecker. “A Kid Like Jake” might not be especially cinematic, but it is profound in its simplicity and truthfulness about what real fights sound like and what real lives look like."[12]


  1. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (February 24, 2017). "Claire Danes, Jim Parsons to Star in Transgender Family Drama 'A Kid Like Jake' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (2017-07-12). "Amy Landecker Joins Jim Parsons-Claire Danes Drama 'A Kid Like Jake'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-01. 
  3. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (May 12, 2017). "Octavia Spencer Joins Claire Danes & Jim Parsons For 'A Kid Like Jake' – Cannes". Deadline. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 30, 2017). "Priyanka Chopra Joins Rebel Wilson's 'Isn't It Romantic,' 'A Kid Like Jake' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ Hipes, Patrick (July 12, 2017). "Amy Landecker Joins The Class For Indie Drama 'A Kid Like Jake'". Deadline. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ Debruge, Peter (2017-11-29). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils Full 2018 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  7. ^ "IFC Films Acquires Sundance Pic 'A Kid Like Jake'". Deadline. February 1, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2018. 
  8. ^ "A Kid like Jake". IFC Films. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  9. ^ "A Kid Like Jake". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandago. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 
  10. ^ "A Kid Like Jake". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 
  11. ^ "'A Kid Like Jake': Film Review - Sundance 2018". 
  12. ^ "Review: A timely parenting drama in 'A Kid Like Jake'". 

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