JULES is the name of a peaceable blue alien whose spaceship crashes in the backyard of Milton, an unsuspecting elderly man from sleepy Boonton, Pennsylvania. Milton and his friends, Sandy and Joyce, help Jules repair his ship and return to his home planet. They must do this, however, while trying to avoid detection by the government and Milton’s concerned daughter.
JULES is charming at first, with good-natured humor based on the idiosyncrasies of the elderly characters. However, the filmmakers employ every stereotype of senior citizens, so the movie could use more depth. When moviegoers go see mid-budget comedies, they aren’t interested in the cinematography, effects or even the acting. They want an engaging, clever, hilarious story. JULES doesn’t deliver on those tasks. Despite its flaws, JULES is fairly suitable for adult viewers. However, it’s probably more topical for viewers in their later years. Older viewers may find the heartfelt depiction in JULES of life in one’s twilight years uplifting. However, the movie has three “f” words, one strong profanity and a brief discussion of homosexual relationships. So, families should exercise extreme caution.
(B, C, Ho, L, V, S, M)
Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light moral, pro-life worldview with light redemptive elements where characters grapple with life knowing that they are in their final years, the protagonist worries he
Three “f” words and one GD profanity
A man tries to strangle a woman after robbing her house but is stopped, an alien uses telepathy to blow up a man’s head but it’s not shown on screen, and there are verbal references to animals being accidentally killed and/or euthanized
Verbal reference to a lesbian relationship, and a woman references ambiguous promiscuity in her past
No alcohol use
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
Man tries to rob a woman’s house. One scene includes a Pride flag.
JULES is the name of a peaceable, silent blue alien whose spaceship crashes in the back yard of an unsuspecting elderly man from the sleepy Pennsylvania town of Boonton. JULES is charming, but it relies too heavily on stereotypes of the elderly to be particularly insightful, and, while the majority of the movie is morally uplifting, it has four strong obscenities and profanities and other brief, light immoral content, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
When the alien’s spaceship crashes into Milton’s back yard, he and his friends, Sandy and Joyce, help Jules repair his ship and return to his home planet. They must do all this, however, while trying to avoid detection by the government and Milton’s concerned daughter.
JULES is charming at first, with a lot of good-natured humor based on the various idiosyncrasies of the elderly characters, Milton in particular. However, these jokes are never examined or used as satire. After the first act of the film, it appears that the screenwriter simply decided to employ every stereotype of senior citizens in the book, without ever stopping to think how these characters might have benefited from the depth that comes with additional defining characteristics. “Old” and “mentally slow” as character traits can only get you so far.
For such a charming romp of a picture, JULES has remarkably little to offer. Narrative depth and compelling character conflicts are sacrificed for the aforementioned “old people” jokes and off-beat subplots. For example, Milton and his friends steal dead cats, because Jules’ spaceship apparently is powered by dead cats. When moviegoers go see mid-budget comedies, they aren’t
interested necessarily in the movie’s cinematography, the effects, or even the acting. They want to see an engaging, clever, hilarious story, and JULES just doesn’t deliver on that essential task.
Despite all its flaws, JULES is fairly suitable for mature viewers across adult age groups and maturity levels, though it may be more topical for those in their later years, given the characters ages and the movie’s subject matter. JULES has three “f” words, one strong profanity and a brief but vague discussion of homosexual relationships. However, none of those problems totally spoil the movie’s overall wholesome story, particularly when it comes to the touching depiction of the bond between Milton and his daughter, Denise, who cares deeply for Milton despite his insistence to her that he doesn’t need any help. Older viewers may find the heartfelt depiction of life in one’s twilight years in JULES to be uplifting, but families with children and grandchildren should exercise extreme caution.
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