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A Kid Like Jake (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: A Kid Like Jake
Year: 2018
Genre: Drama, Family
Directed By: Silas Howard
Starring: Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer
About: Loving parents of a four-year-old must come to terms with their child being transgender.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR-5Rme7sQ8

My Review:
With it being Pride month and having this movie on my To Watch list on Netflix I thought that this would be the perfect time to give this movie a watch. I wasn't sure what to expect with this movie and although it surprised me and I liked it more than I expected there is more in which I wish that they did with this film.

I personally liked how A Kid Like Jake focused on the parents and how they both came to terms with how their son liked to dress as a girl and how it could be possibly more than that and that he could possibly be transgender. I liked this as it showed how the father was more accepting even though he didn't feel great about it and how the mother was in denial and would try to force her child to become more boyish as it showed the different kind of people in which have to come to terms with having a child act in a way in which they didn't expect. I also thought by showing how much pressure the parents were in for getting their child into a school and not really understanding what was happening with their child was something in which caused tension within the parents was good to see especially when it comes to how difficult it is to place their child especially when their child is getting bullied for being who they are wanting to be. I thought by showing the tension and how it was breaking the parents apart it made the film more interesting to watch and I found myself wanting to know how their relationship would develop. I did think that the acting in A Kid Like Jake was really well done and left me caring for the characters within the film and hoping that they would accept Jake for the child in which he was. Not only this but I loved how the ending of the film showed how they accepted Jake for who he was and let him dress in dresses and tutus if that is what he wanted showing how they finally got acceptance and that it just took time for them to get their heads around it. Finally, there was a part of the movie in which the mother says how boys should be manly unlike how her husband was and how he pulled her up on it I thought was well done and showed how not all men are hard and manly but some are soft and sweet and there is nothing wrong with it and doesn't make them any less of a person. This I feel needs to be said in more movies as it seems like something in which isn't touched upon as much.

However, I feel like the film needed to show more about Jake and why they thought he was transgender as it seemed like he just liked to be dressed up in clothes in which made him happy but nothing else really was shown about him being transgender which made me wonder if he really was or if they were just thinking that it was weird that a boy was wanting to be a princess. Not only this but by barely seeing Jake in the whole movie it just felt like it wasn't really about him as a child but the acceptance in which the parents go through which isn't a bad thing but did leave me more hoping by seeing more of his character that it would explain why the mother is going through this so much harder than the father.

Overall, this was a good film however needed more of the character of Jake. It was good in showing the struggle in which people around someone can be however and the acceptance in which they need to go through. I would recommend this film to those who like drama films and are wanting a film about acceptance especially about someone in the LGBT community. I am not sure if I would personally see this film again but I am glad to have seen it.

My Rating: 4/5 

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