Beaver

Beaver

Cast: Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

     
 

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A successful businessman and loving father finds a unique means of coping with his debilitating mental illness in this drama from director Jodie Foster. When Walter Black (Mel Gibson) finds himself stuck in a downward spiral, the chance discovery of a beat-up beaver hand puppet offers him a unique opportunity to pull himself back from theSee more details below

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A successful businessman and loving father finds a unique means of coping with his debilitating mental illness in this drama from director Jodie Foster. When Walter Black (Mel Gibson) finds himself stuck in a downward spiral, the chance discovery of a beat-up beaver hand puppet offers him a unique opportunity to pull himself back from the brink. By using The Beaver to speak with others, Walter develops the abilities to express the suppressed feelings that were slowly eating him away from the inside.

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All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
This eccentric drama - a collaboration between director/co-star Jodie Foster and lead actor Mel Gibson - emerged following an ugly period for Gibson that included accusations of onscreen racism in The Passion of the Christ, drunken anti-Semitic tirades, and much-publicized familial troubles and divorce. Watching The Beaver, one wants to forget about those real-life events and focus on the material itself, but that's practically impossible: the tale of Walter Black (Gibson), an emotionally and psychologically damaged husband and father who seeks redemption via a hand puppet, suggests unmistakable off-camera parallels for its conflicted lead actor. The movie is admittedly fascinating on that level, for those who care. But it's also an inept and misguided mess. The puppet concept doesn't feel particularly off-target as presented here, but scribe Kyle Killen's screenplay is klutzy and poorly structured. He spends far too much time away from the fascinating Walter and focuses instead on the relationship of Walter's son with the high school class valedictorian; that's completely irrelevant and fatuous. Moreover, a key phase of the script that turns Walter into a national media fixture brings the picture to a screeching halt. Killen depicts public opinion of Walter and the Beaver as zipping back and forth between hero worship and vilification, and the script never takes the time to make any of those enormous seismic shifts remotely credible. Most unforgivable, however, is the film's conclusion, which will not be disclosed here but proposes one of the most bizarre cures for psychosis in movie history - one so violent and brutal that it has no place in a film of this nature (to say nothing of its laughable implausibility). Actors Gibson and Foster are each superb, imparting to their characters laudable emotional and psychological complexities. But those evocations need to be done in the service of more mature, intelligent and sophisticated writing, especially given the delicate nature of the story.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2011
UPC:
0025192108488
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
63,551

Special Features

Audio commentary with Jodie Foster; Deleted scenes; Everything Is Going to be O.K. - Featurette on the making of The Beaver

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Actor,Walter Black
Jodie Foster Actor,Meredith Black
Anton Yelchin Actor,Porter Black
Jennifer Lawrence Actor,Norah
Cherry Jones Actor,Vice President
Riley Thomas Stewart Henry Black
Zachary Booth Jared
Michael Rivera Hector
Kelly Coffield Park Norah's Mom
Jeffrey Corbett Volunteer Dad
Baylen Thomas Skeptical Man
Sam Breslin Wright Man
Kris Arnold Waiter
Elizabeth Kaledin Reporter
Folake Olowofoyeku Nurse
Lorna Pruce Nurse
Matt Lauer Himself
Jon Stewart Himself
Terry Gross Herself
Bill Massof Prosthetic Technician

Technical Credits
Jodie Foster Director
Hagen Bogdanski Cinematographer
Alex Digerlando Art Director
Dianne Dreyer Associate Producer
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Steve Golin Producer
Paul Green Executive Producer
Kim Jennings Art Director
Avy Kaufman Casting
Kyle Killen Screenwriter
Jonathan King Executive Producer
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei Executive Producer
Alexandra Patsavas Musical Direction/Supervision
Keith Redmon Producer
Ann Ruark Producer
Jimmy Sabat Sound Mixer
Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Doug Torres Asst. Director
Marcelo Zarvos Score Composer

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