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PG-13| 1 hr. 31 min.

Plot Summary
Walter Black (Mel Gibson), the head of a failing toy company, is deeply depressed. His marriage to Meredith (Jodie Foster) is broken and his oldest son, Porter (Anton Yelchin), hates him. When Meredith finally throws him out of the house, Walter begins his final tailspin. Drunk and alone, Walter is about to commit suicide -- but is saved by the voice of the beaver puppet he found in a dumpster. Wearing the puppet on his hand, Walter speaks only through it and tries to get his life on track.

Cast: Mel Gibson , Jodie Foster , Anton Yelchin , Jennifer Lawrence , Riley Thomas Stewart , Cherry Jones , Kelly Coffield Park , Michael Rivera

Director: Jodie Foster

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Summit Entertainment

The Beaver (2011)

Release Date: May 6th, 2011|1 hr. 31 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 16 )
  • The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster from a script by fearless first-timer Kyle Killen, is operating on a plane far above multiplex formula. This flawed but heartfelt movie has the power to sneak up and floor you. show more

  • The story lacks honesty. For a film about the real problem of mental illness, it never feels authentic. Depression is not something neatly tied up. If this is meant as an allegory, it's vague and unconvincing. show more

  • Bizarre and belabored, yet grimly fascinating. show more

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  • September 30, 2011 Gene
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    To sum it up in one word ... Terrible!

  • August 28, 2011 mirro77
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    love mel...what an amazing actor

  • August 24, 2011 MARTY
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    A Jody Foster film with Mel Gibson? This movie would have been number 1 at the box office had more theatres released it for people everywhere to see. Because of the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson\'s personal life, not a lot of people got the chance to see it. This was an amazing movie with acting so fantastic that I watched it twice! Message to Hollywood: At Oscar time, set aside your feelings of Mel Gibson as a person and see him as the incredible actor he really is. He and Jody deserve Oscars! You will love this movie!

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New on DVD & Blu-ray, Week of August 23: 'Win Win,' 'TrollHunter' and 'The Beaver'

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Harley W. Lond on Aug 23rd, 2011 9:00AM

What a mixed bag of releases we have this week. First off there's a kinda-sports comedy, 'Win-Win,' revolving around a struggling attorney who coaches the local high school wrestling team and fig...

This Week in Movies: Sleds, Norse Gods and Hand Puppets

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Gary Susman on May 6th, 2011 12:30PM

This Week in 1941: 'Citizen Kane' Sleds Into History 'Citizen Kane' may or may not be the greatest movie ever made, but it's almost surely the greatest cautionary tale ever to come out of Ho...

Today on indieWIRE: Jodie Foster Talks 'The Beaver,' a Sundance Smash Gets a Trailer & More

Posted by
The Editors at IndieWire on May 4th, 2011 9:15PM

Today on indieWIRE 'Caterpillar' topped a weak Critical Consensus, Jodie Foster dished on working with Mel Gibson in 'The Beaver,' Hot Docs got off to a great start, and more. In a weak...

Mel Gibson's First Interview About You-Know-What

Posted by
Moviefone Staff on Apr 22nd, 2011 1:50PM

'The Beaver,' finally in theaters May 6th, may be the perfect role for Mel Gibson at this point in his life and career. Directed by, and costarring, Gibson's long-time friend and colleague Jodie ...

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