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 hecalls “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.

What the critics are saying:

“Jules” utilizes the alien encounter not to explore the possibilities of extraterrestrial life but to paint a portrait of life on Earth. It’s a simple tale, simply told, but with a lot of heart and humanity at the center of it all.

Katie Walsh

Tribune News Service

The cast is a delight, especially Kingsley, whose befuddled glances makeyour 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.

Randy Myers

San Jose Mercury News

Featuring sterling performances from an uncharacteristically underplaying Ben Kingsley alongside Harriet Sansom Harris and Jane Curtin, Jules emerges as a low-key delight.

Frank Scheck

Hollywood Reporter