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Rated PG-13 · 91 minutes · 2011

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Say what you will about Mel Gibson—yes, he’s an absolute maniac!—but he’s still a fine actor. However, he isn’t a good-enough actor to save this trash, from director and co-star Jodie Foster. Gibson plays Walter Black, a depressed toy-company CEO who—while at death’s door during a suicide attempt—empowers a beaver puppet he found in the trash to speak for him. Black starts mending his broken family and rises to national prominence as the crazy guy who talks to everybody with a puppet. (He even gets on the Today show!) The film’s psychology is blatantly obvious, and watching Gibson have fistfights with himself is hilarious—yet it’s not supposed to be funny. Foster wants us to take this crap seriously. This is a very difficult film to watch, and proof that Foster should stick to acting.
Official Site: www.thebeaver-movie.com
Director: Jodie Foster
Producer: Steve Golin, Keith Redmon, Ann Ruark, Jeff Skoll, Mohammed Al Mazrouel, Paul Green and Jonathan King
Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Riley Stewart, Cherry Jones and Kelly Coffield Park

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NUVO 'The Beaver': Good film, bad circumstances It may be a career revival for star Mel Gibson, but co-star Jodie Foster has directed a vital, poignant tale of depression worth seeing. by Sam Watermeier 05/24/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Beaver, The Hangover Part II, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Kung Fu Panda 2 05/19/2011
Style Weekly Gnawing Anxieties Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver” is all worked up over depression. by Wayne Melton 05/31/2011
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Portland Mercury Leave It The Beaver: the worst puppet show ever! by Dave Bow 05/12/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Leave it to ... :The Beaver This could be a great swan song or a rebirth. by Justin Strout 05/19/2011
Creative Loafing Atlanta The Beaver gnaws off more than it can chew Mel Gibson's gone crazy — in the movie by Curt Holman 05/13/2011

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