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Alex Wheeler and her husband, Greg, are trying to find the right primary school for their 4-year-old son, Jake. Described as gender-expansive by his adviser, Jake's increasingly erratic behavior starts to cause a rift between the couple. Alex worries that the adults in her son's life are labeling him prematurely, while Greg wonders if Jake's fondness for dressing up might be more than just a phase.

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  • Danes gives it her very considerable best, but there is something weirdly inhibited about this movie.

    September 2, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a demonstration of a parent's most innate instinct: to protect their child, while also intimating that love and understanding is the ultimate protection.

    August 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a daring premise, which makes Howard's fluffy approach to the material all the more frustrating.

    June 27, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • But the filmmakers seem to hold back from other confrontations, and their subplots involving the boy's pushy grandmother (the great Ann Dowd) and a brittle client (Amy Landecker) of the therapist father ultimately fizzle.

    June 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The movie's premise sounds like it should be the basis for a barbed satire of the finest proportions. Instead, it opts for a tone that is decidedly sober and lacking any kind of sharp edge.

    June 14, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Some of this material is too sensitive, granted, to have a very young actor play it. But "Jake" goes too far the other way, giving us only glimpses of the boy, who emerges as more of a symbol than a real child.

    June 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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