JULES follows Milton (Ben Kingsley) who lives a quiet life of routine in a small western Pennsylvania town, but finds his day upended when a UFO and its extra-terrestrial passenger crash land in his backyard. Before long, Milton develops a close relationship with the extra-terrestrial he calls "Jules." Things become complicated when two neighbors (Harriet Sansom Harris and Jane Curtin) discover Jules and the government quickly closes in. What follows is a funny, wildly inventive ride as the three neighbors find meaning and connection later in life – thanks to this unlikely stranger.
PG-13, 1h 27m.
"The cast is a delight, especially Kingsley, whose befuddled glances make your heart swell to the bursting point once you start to realize this is but a sci-fi-laced parable on the alienation that so many mature adults experience in today's society." – San Jose Mercury News
"JULES is an endearing and unconventional film that delves into the poignant aspects of aging while illuminating the transformative power of discovering one's purpose." – Awards Daily
"This engaging, even quirky little film is a crowd-pleaser that presents Kingsley with a role that fits like a glove, and one we haven't seen him often do." – Deadline Hollywood Daily
"Heartfelt to the end, JULES has no ambitions to ascend the alien-encounter movie canon, but by toying with the E.T. formula, it makes clear a gentle point well taken: Before life ends, the need for childlike wonder comes back around." – Willamette Week