It feels good to know a movie as caring and understanding as A Kid Like Jake is out there in the universe for families to experience. Here is a film from director Silas Howard that I recommend to everyone. Veteran parents, new parents, expecting partners, and anyone else will find empathy in this honest portrayal of a loving family. Claire Danes and Jim Parsons star as Alex and Greg Wheeler, parents to a creative, brilliant boy named Jake. What makes Jake a bit different are his interests. He likes wearing a tutu, plays make-believe with other girls, and has two copies of Disney’s Enchanted. These differences will cause new challenges, but what Howard and writer Daniel Pearle have made is a film focused on the parents, dealing with their own fears, while Jake is just being a kid.
I don’t know much of anything about fashion. I wear dress slacks and a polo every day to work. On weekends, I am in my best Alien or Blade Runnerinspired t-shirt and a comfy pair of jeans. That may not make me qualified to write a review on a documentary that involves fashion, but at least I know who Tom Ford is. I know what Anna Wintour does for a living. What I didn’t know is who the legendary Andre Leon Talley was. I am glad that I do now. In The Gospel According to Andre, we get an up-close look at the fashion editor of Vogue magazine and who this style guru truly is. He is a giant man, in size, spirit, and personality, which is why director Kate Novack documents a full profile of this man is. Where he came from, how he climbed the ladder of fashion, and what makes him so fascinating.