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The Beaver

3.8 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Lawrence, Anton Yelchin
  • Directors: Jodie Foster
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • 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 (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053XZ8O2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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"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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I'm as shocked as anyone else here who has given this a high rating. I was pretty certain upon hearing about this movie that it was going to be terrible. It just looked so stupid. That said, I'm always game to try anything once, and the reviews were shockingly kind to a film about a man communicating through a puppet. What I found was a film that was far more profound and moving than expected. Despite a few slip ups and some confused plot points, this film works remarkably well and delivers the unexpected, which is a good thing from time to time.

`The Beaver' centers on Walter Black, a depressed CEO of a toy company who has swallowed himself up in his shell of a soul and repelled those closest to him thanks to the darkest of depression. He sleeps, a lot, and barely notices his family to the point where his eldest son despises him, his youngest son feels abandoned and his wife finally kicks him out. With the light completely snuffed, Walter contemplates suicide, but not before he finds a beaver puppet in a dumpster and for some odd reason decides to take it to the hotel with him. The beaver then begins to speak through him to him and next thing you know Walter Black has disappeared and is replaced by a British beaver who allows Walter to escape the parts of himself he loathes and replace them with a confidence and sass unbeknownst to him. While this concept is initially bizarre to those who love him, it eventually allows everyone to escape, until it crosses a line and overstays its welcome and then, well, "stuff happens".

As a whole, `The Beaver' is surprisingly astute and really develops its central theme nicely. This is aided by a phenomenal performance by Mel Gibson.
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AWESOME. I really loved this movie.

This is the first review ive ever wrote and I felt like I really had to. This movie should have a chance for people to see it and the Hollywood elite should let mel work. I have not seen the dvd or blu ray versions of this movie. I actually just left the movies. This movie didnt even come out in a first run theater and was only out for a week before it made to the cheaper theater chains here. being $ 2 tuesday I went to the movies.

when I first saw previews of this movie I really wanted to see it. Im not gonna throw Mel under the bus because of his personal life but as an artist you truly realize why hes MEL GIBSON. A truly gifted actor w a sense of Burt Reynolds movie stardom from the 70s. Mel is mel. This movie alot of people wouldnt have been able to pull off but this was meant for Mel.

I dont believe in reviews w spoilers or gives away the movie. Im just goin to say I loved this movie. i felt for the characters. Its does what a movie is supposed to do, leaves you wanting more but completly satisfied. Watch this movie, give it the chance that Hollywood obviously wouldnt, you wont be sorry. one of the best ive seen all year long.

chris clemons
louisville ky
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