Claire Danes, Jim Parsons and Octavia Spencer star in this story of Brooklyn couple Alex and Greg Wheeler (Danes and Parsons), whose four-year-old son Jake is more interested in fairy tale princesses than toy cars. When his preschool director points out that his gender-nonconforming play may be more than a phase, they must rethink their roles as parents and spouses. This insightful comedy about two parents learning to embrace gender fluidity was helmed by filmmaker Silas Howard, who has directed multiple episodes of the Golden Globe Award-winning Amazon series Transparent and was the first trans filmmaker to direct an episode of the show.

When the nature of Jake’s gender identity begins to register with the Wheelers, further considerations emerge that will strain the bonds of their relationship. Alex seems comfortable using this newfound information to thumb the scales with Jake’s school scholarship applications, while privately she’s unwilling to admit that his behavior might be hard-wired, much to the dismay of Greg, who is more readily able to see Jake for who he really is. The film’s script was adapted by writer Daniel Pearle from his own play, and it boasts a fantastic supporting cast to match Danes, Parsons and Spencer, including Ann Dowd, Priyanka Chopra and two Transparent cast members in Amy Landecker and Michaela Watkins. Set for theatrical release this summer through IFC, Howard’s film was a crowd pleaser in its debut at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

–Christopher Holmes

Screening generously sponsored by OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival and Marley Drug