The Beaver (2011)
|Rating:||PG-13 (for mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and language including a drug reference)|
|Directed By:||Jodie Foster|
|Written By:||Kyle Killen|
|In Theaters:||May 6, 2011 Limited|
|On DVD:||Aug 23, 2011|
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as Walter Black
as Meredith Black
as Porter Black
as Henry Black
as Vice President
as Norah's Mom
as Volunteer Dad
as Skeptical Man
as Prosthetic Technicia...
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Critic Reviews for The Beaver
It's a bummer of a movie -- dark and at cross-purposes with both itself and any image do-over [Gibson] might be seeking.
It doesn't quite work, but it does provide something of a cinematic exorcism for the public's increasingly conflicted relationship with Gibson.
Thinks it's a whimsical tale of a man finding himself, but Gibson thinks it's the tale of a man losing his mind.
Jodie Foster's The Beaver had its moments, but the overall premise just didn't fly. I just couldn't buy the idea of the talking puppet.
Audience Reviews for The Beaver
Firmly directed by Jodie Foster and with a heartfelt performance by Gibson, this is an interesting drama about a depressed man suffering from schizophrenia and projecting part of his personality into a puppet. Even so, the script is unfocused and has an easy, sappy conclusion.
Thanks to Foster's directing, there is a superb balance between a serious drama and a dark comedy. This makes 'The Beaver' both an enjoyable and emotional movie. Along with strong performances by Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, this film really does make you aware of how easily depression can have an impact on families. Overall 'The Beaver' shows that Foster still makes a promising director, along with Gibson still capable of having a strong leading role.
What a surprise! I was not expecting to like this movie, but I did. Quite a bit! Very quirky. Rather dark. Some well placed humor, at times..but mostly sad, touching, and very well done. Jodie Foster is an exceptional director, in my opinion. The whole thing even made me forget that I dislike Mel now. He did a great job, I have to admit. It must have taken a lot of courage to attempt a comeback in a quirky movie like this. I think that he pulled it off quite well....
The Beaver Quotes
|Norah:||So, while everything may not always be okay, one thing I know is true: You do not have to be alone.|
|Meredith Black:||I came to the party late, but I have never seen anything else that was me, as close as me.|
|Walter Black:||People seem to love a train wreck when it's not happening to them.|
|Walter Black:||Starting over isn't crazy. Crazy is being miserable and walking around half asleep, numb, day after day after day. Crazy is pretending to be happy. Pretending that the way things are is the way they have to be for the rest of your bleeding life.|
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