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ShowtimesSeptember 24:3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pmSeptember 25:5:00 pm, 7:00 pm
There’s plenty of fun in Marc Turtletaub’s whimsical sci-fi dramedy that’s as much about the burdens and loneliness of old age as it is about extraterrestrial bonding. Featuring sterling performances from Ben Kingsley alongside Harriet Sansom Harris and Jane Curtin, Jules emerges as a delight. Set in a Pennsylvanian town, the story revolves around 78-year-old Milton (Kingsley), who lives alone with early signs of dementia. Milton’s isolated existence changes with the crash landing of a flying saucer in his backyard late one night. The spaceship’s sole inhabitant is a small, humanoid-like creature (Jade Quon). Things get more complicated when fellow oldsters Sandy (Harris) and Joyce (Curtin) discover the alien guest in Milton’s house, whom Sandy promptly dubs “Jules.” The shy, gentle Jules proves a nice companion, and they resolve to help Jules fix his spaceship so he can return home.–The Hollywood Reporter
“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
“A compassionate character study that accomplishes what few current films do: a sweet, simple sense of wonder.”—AARP