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The Beaver

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'The Beaver' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Feels For This Furry Puppet (Video)

  • Apr 25, 2011
'The Beaver' stars Mel Gibson as Walter Black/The Beaver.  The movie is directed by Jodie Foster who plays Walter's long suffering wife Meredith.

 Walter, a once successful toy executive and family man suffers from major depression.  No matter what he tries...(pills, therapy, exercise, flagellating himself) Walter cannot shake the feeling that life is meaningness and all is hopeless.  This dude is really in the dumps.

Walter's business, JerryCo is going down hill fast.  He spends most of his time in bed and his teenage son, Porter (the wonderful Anton Yelchin) is terrified that he is becoming just like him.  Porter jots down on Post-its all the ways that he and his dad are similar.    As the list grows, Porter becomes more and more freaked out.  

Things are not good in the Black home.   Meredith is losing patience with her husband...Porter doesn't speak to his father and their seven year old son, Henry (Riley thomas Stewart) wonders why daddy doesn't come out of his bedroom.

Walter is a suicide waiting to happen...But then, out of the blue, Walter finds a Beaver Puppet...in a dumpster of all places.  Walter slips The Beaver onto his hand and...The Puppet starts to talk...And talk and talk.  Well Walter is doing all the talking but he's speaking in this loud musical Cockney accent.  And nothing will ever be the same for Walter because...

 The Beaver is here and he is taking over.

Walter's life begins to change rapidly.  The Beaver/Walter introduces a new toy line called 'The Beaver Mr. Woodchopper Kits'.  Sales at JerryCo take off worldwide and profits reach  new heights.
Even things at home get better.  Meredith is excited to have the man she fell in love with back...Even if Walter does make love to her as...The Beaver.  

 Unfortunately, the only one not buying into the 'new Walter' is Porter.  Lucky for him he meets a girl, Norah (Jennifer Lawrence) who he falls for...big time.  

'The Beaver' is a beautiful dark film...It's a study in depression but it's not depressing.  Despite the controversary that surrounds Mel Gibson, he is one hell of an actor.  He gives a very complex, compelling performace as both The Beaver and Walter Black.

This is not, at times. an easy film to watch, but it is one that will grab you and not let go...well after you left the theater.

As usual, the 'Two Jews On Film' disagree.  I really enjoyed it...My husband...Not so much.  'The Beaver' opens in theaters, Friday, May 6th 2011. 



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May 18, 2011
Not sure if I will see this one because the subject matter just sounds too depressing for me atm. However, I really enjoyed the film you included with your written review. Lots of fun!
May 18, 2011
thanks so much and yes it is not a happy film. See BRIDESMAIDS and MIDNIGHT IN PARIS...Don't miss either of them..
May 18, 2011
I'm definitely going to see "Bridesmaids." I've been in the mood for some comedy. Thanks for the recommendation!
April 26, 2011
I really wanna see this! Seems like it is one those films that is a bit bizarre, and yet can be so cool. Plus, I like Beavers....LOL! great vid too! featured!!
May 18, 2011
It's very off beat, but I found it compelling. Yes Beavers are very important...they make damns. LOL. Thanks so much
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review by . May 08, 2011
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I always support almost any actor/actress who is going for a new position in filmmaking by watching their movies. Actors such as Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven), Mel Gibson (Braveheart) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man) have had their successes when the transition from performer to the one behind the camera came and now, it may be time for Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs) to shine as director (corrected: her first project was Little Man Tate. Thanks, @Trekscribbler). It is with this mindset that …
review by . September 25, 2011
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** out of ****     The Jodie Foster-directed drama "The Beaver" misses success because of its subject matter. You probably know what the film is about; a depressed father (Mel Gibson) finds a puppet beaver in a dumpster and develops a sort of alternate ego whenever his hand is inserted in the stuffed mammal's asshole. The beaver speaks in a British accent; and is smarter, more emotionally capable than Gibson's character ever was. This opens new doors for the character, although …
review by . May 08, 2011
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THE BEAVER   Written By Kyle Killen   Directed by Jodie Foster   Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence       The Beaver: Everybody needs a friend, Walter, and you’ve got me.       Who does depression hurt? Everybody. Ordinarily, this would mean to include everyone directly involved with a person suffering from depression but thanks to Jodie Foster, now depression can also hurt everyone …
Quick Tip by . September 16, 2012
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What can I say? I'm a big fan of both Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. I'd probably watched any movie by them as long as it's not perverted! The Beaver is a light movie about a heavy subject matter. I think as a movie goer (although I actually watched it downloaded through an app) we, at least I, won't choose any depressive material as subject matter. Hence, a movie about a depressed man could hardly be attractive enough to go to the cinema for, even if it stars both Gibson & Foster. It may just be …
review by . May 10, 2011
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Star Rating:         The great tragedy of The Beaver is that it cannot be taken seriously. It employs a first-rate cast and the performances are excellent, but the premise is such that (1) not even suspension of disbelief can work you through it, and (2) even if it could, the film doesn’t send an especially worthwhile message. I’m well aware that depression is real and that there are numerous ways to cope with it, but I don’t believe that the particular …
review by . August 29, 2011
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   The life of the troubled husband Walter Black proves that Jodie Foster could do much more as a director than anyone could think. She has the eye and the spirit for the job if she managed to turn a movie with a puppet into probably the best original drama of this year.      Walter Black (Mel Gibson) is a depressed man who surrounded by monotony, daily routine, empty weekends, work issues and family disaster tries to find a way out of his pathetic and sad life, a life …
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: 20 May 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Kyle Killen
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