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The Beaver [Blu-ray] (2011)

Mel Gibson , Jodie Foster , Jodie Foster  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Lawrence, Anton Yelchin
  • Directors: Jodie Foster
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Summit Ent. DVD
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053XZ8YC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Walter, once a successful and happy family man, has hit rock bottom. But, in his darkest hour, he finds a rather unusual savior: a beaver hand-puppet that takes over Walter's life in an attempt to change things for the better.

Academy Award® winner Jodie Foster directs and co-stars with Academy Award® winner Mel Gibson in a film critics call bold, complex, and funny.

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie May 31, 2011
i had been waiting to see this film for months and when it was finally released it wasn't released in my city. i traveled over an hour to see this film and was definitely not let down. both gibson and foster give outstanding performances in this dark comedy/drama. jodie foster is my favorite actress and this is the first film she has directed in 15 years. it was totally worth the time, money, and drive to see this film. will definitely be purchasing when it is released onto dvd. go see it!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing drama May 22, 2011
This is a film about a man whose marriage is collapsing and his family business is failing. He is about to commit suicide when a beaver puppet on his arm talks him out of it. This becomes his primary form of communication with all those around him. I found The Beaver to be quite enthralling with the effect the puppet had on his familial and business relationships remarkable and the performance of Mel Gibson to be outstanding. I just really liked the puppet character, the accent that was voiced for him by Gibson. The drama endured by his oldest son, with whom the relationship is strained, I felt was quite interesting. His tale doesn't distract from the Beaver storyline, but adds to it. The film is a fascinating look at how mental illness can damage a man's life and affect those around him.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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A depressed CEO of a toy company accidentally finds a way to communicate with others through a hand puppet he found in a dumpster. While his younger son and estranged wife, as well as his company's employees, welcome his change, his older son, afraid of becoming like his father, just doesn't like it.

Mel Gibson plays the depressed CEO Walter Black. Jodie Foster is his alienated wife Meredith. Anton Yelchin is Walter's elder son Porter, who writes term papers for other students for money; Jennifer Lawrence is Norah, the valedictorian who asks Porter to write a speech for her. Their budding romance is just a subplot, but seems more believable than the main story.

The film's premise about the troubled man with a hand puppet is already something hardly credible, especially when Mel Gibson's character goes through the change so quickly. When the beaver hand puppet started 'speaking' in a Cockney accent, I stopped caring. Is it an allegory or something? Is there any subtexts underlying the apparently incredible storyline? I know the hand puppet idea does not have to be psychologically valid. In "The Beaver" it serves as a plot device - a device of which potential is never explored.

"The Beaver" is a drama, not a comedy. If it is a comedy, it is a dark one. We know Jodie Foster (who also directs) is not known for comedic roles. But as a drama, like in her works as director ("Little Man Tate" and "Home for the Holidays"), something is not quite right with the film, of which characters (including the "Beaver"), well-acted as they are, feel very distant. Despite the drastic thing that happens in the latter half of the story, we feels emotionally detached. Is that really necessary?

The film's uneven script does not allow us to get to know the characters.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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"I'm The Beaver, and I'm here to save your damn life." Walter (Gibson) is in a very, very deep depression. A failed suicide attempt leads him to his last chance at recovery, a puppet called The Beaver. Disclamier #1 I will do my best to keep this review short enough to take up the whole page here. Since the 1st of the year I have reviewed over 200 movies. This is one of, if not the best movie of the year. Disclaimer #2...the extent of my personal knowledge of the real actors are what I read and I do not know them personally. Every interview I see when actors talk about the characters they play they are always in the 3rd person, trying to distance themselves as not to bring thier personal lives in to the part. This is the extremely rare movie that the baggage an actor brings with him actually helps the movie. The first line on the back of the case says "Walter, once a successful and happy family man, has hit rock bottom." You could insert the name Mel and it would make even more sense. The first movie he has made since his "Meltdown" and there is no better way to return then this one. This is the greatest job of casting in a movie since Samuel L. Jackson played "Shaft". For those that love Gibson, you will absolutly love this movie. For those that don't, I would still ask you to give this a chance. Going in knowing what he as done recently only helps give the character the dimension that it needs. His acting in this is far and away the best of his career and possibly of the year. The big problem is that because of what he has done recently this movie as a stigma put on it so don't expect any award show wins. The irony is that it is because of who he is that makes the movie great. Overall, an absolute must see. Read more ›
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gibson gets us to pay for his therapy. October 27, 2012
Format:DVD
For a long time, Mel Gibson's films have reflected his own growing neuroses and obsessions. Prior to his infamous incident with a cop, his films were becoming excessively violent. Afterwards, this film, The Beaver, is not a public apology, but rather a form of explanation for his erratic behavior. Gibson plays Walter Black, a deeply depressed toy company executive who, on the verge of suicide, discovers a beaver hand puppet. The Cockney-accented toy becomes Walter's voice. The audience should know beforehand that this film is in no way a comedy, black or otherwise. It is not a variant of Seth MacFarlane's film "Ted," for example. Rather, it is a morbid, self-pitying drama with a gruesome climax.

This film is primarily for Gibson fans who want to watch him gnaw on his own obsessions. It is obvious that Walter's struggle to re-establish a relationship with his wife and children is analogous to Gibson's guilt over leaving his long-time wife and seven children for a Russian gold-digger. If the pain of a self-destructive narcissist seems like fitting entertainment for you, you will enjoy this film. Most will not, however; I can picture many families staring at each other glumly as the credits close. Do yourself (and your loved ones) a favor and skip this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Beaver??
This story leaves me a little cold. Had seen it before on TV. For me it was a hard story to follow. Will watch again to see if a better understanding. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Larry Shull
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected!
Jodie Foster is a creative genius! All of the main characters were very well-developed, and the actors were incredibly talented and brave. Read more
Published 23 days ago by D. Mesh
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It was sad and ended sad...needed to watch something else to feel better.
Published 25 days ago by Stacey Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
liked it
Published 1 month ago by hacktress
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, brave
A truly original script, I thought, and instead of going for the obvious yucks it takes a much darker, serious turn. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Monstuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was an interesting moving with some disturbing parts as well. I am still on the fence on this one.
Published 4 months ago by Ginny Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Go ahead. Laugh. It is to be expected. The movie, after all, is called...
It is about Walter Black, who copes with depression by speaking in a Cockney accent through a beaver hand puppet that he affixes to his left hand and leaves on at all times-whether... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Colten
5.0 out of 5 stars Anton Yelchin AGAIN
I just cannot get enough of this actor. You can follow his career with all of his movies now on DVD at Amazon. Read more
Published 5 months ago by William Dakota
4.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of movie
Mel Gibson really pushed the mold when it came to this movie. Not really my cup of tea but if you're looking for "out of the ordinary", you've found it in this one.
Published 6 months ago by Happy Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars SPOILER ALERT: Turns grim and violent towards the end; wrong messages...
Let me start by saying that I think Mel Gibson is a good actor (Braveheart) as is Jodie Foster (many films). However, this movie doesn't work for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gordon Leacock
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