Parents' Guide to

Jules

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Delightful, sweet story about seniors and aliens; language.

Movie PG-13 2023 87 minutes
Jules Movie Poster: Milton (Ben Kingsley, left), Joyce (Jane Curtin, right top), and Sandy (Harriet Sansom Harris, right bottom) peer through the cutout shape of an alien, a crashed spaceship visible behind them

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age 13+

Heartwarming and fun tale about seniors and an alien.

This movie is heartwarming, funny and tearful. If you are sensitive to dementia, warning this is probably not for you. My 12 and 14 y/0 loved it and my husband and I did too. It is so off the wall, but keeps your attention. There are a few F bombs so you need to be okay with that. Definitely recommend watching as a family with teens.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It's feather-light and visually unremarkable, but this fantasy/comedy about friendship and family is nonetheless a pure delight -- sweet, funny, and irresistibly huggable. Directed by Marc Turtletaub, a longtime producer of many excellent indie films (Little Miss Sunshine, Loving, The Farewell, etc.), Jules has an immediately disarming quality, perhaps due to the cozy small-town setting -- or perhaps due to the high-quality performances. Kingsley isn't necessarily known for his comedy chops (at least, outside of his role in the MCU), but he's very funny here, quite deadpan in fact, as he explains why the town slogan -- "a great place to call home" -- is confusing because it sounds like it could be referring to a phone call.

Curtin is also hilarious, perhaps the funniest she's been since her Saturday Night Live days, ruminating about her time in the big city and belting out a version of "Free Bird" for no particular reason. Harris, best known for stage and TV work (but who also thoroughly stole her scene in Licorice Pizza), is wonderfully subtle. And Quon, a 4'11" stuntwoman, is utterly awe-inspiring as Jules. Her movements, full of wonder and curiosity, are practically poetic. The trajectory of Jules -- the characters arguing, sharing adventures, and eventually becoming friends -- isn't particularly surprising, but it gets there with spaced-out ease.

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