Maggie Gyllenhaal goes from caring to creepy on this Netflix launch a few precocious 5-year-old (Parker Sevak) and the trainer (Gyllenhaal) who believes she’s the one one taking his giftedness severely.
Floundering in a continuing-education poetry class (her trainer’s performed by Gael García Bernal), she finds the spark she’s been lacking within the soulful poetic ramblings of little Jimmy, whose dad and mom and child sitter simply assume he’s a “weirdo.”
Gyllenhaal, a grasp at conveying a conflicted internal life, is pitch-perfect as she permits her concern for Jimmy to slowly slide off the rails of appropriateness. By the point she’s illicitly taken the child to recite on the Bowery Poetry Membership, you understand issues are headed south. However director Sara
Colangelo excels at nuance: Jimmy’s poetry is kind of stunning, and appears destined to be buried by his screen-obsessed, fast-paced world. Gyllenhaal has a resting unhappy face that sums all of it up completely.