Claire Danes and Jim Parsons star in this timely drama as two parents who are struggling to raise their 4-year-old son. The head of his pre-school (Octavia Spencer) describes Jake as "gender creative." He only wants to watch Disney princess movies and wear dresses, becoming despondent and even violent if he doesn't get his way. Based on a play, the film does focus on the actions of the adults more than the child which feels like somewhat of a missed opportunity, but Danes is outstanding and delivers multiple emotionally devastating scenes that reduced me to tears. A powerful take on a sensitive subject.
20th Anniversary screening from a beautiful 35mm print
Observations from my first viewing in nearly two decades:
- The George S. Clinton score is insane and often comical, whether or not that is on purpose I couldn't say.
- The soundtrack is outrageously of its moment in time. Smashmouth, Third Eye Blind and Morphine? Only in the late 90s.
- So many slow-motion crocodiles and even a perfect raccoon reaction shot!
- He didn't have to kill himself Kelly!!!