• The Beaver (2011)

The Beaver

Release Date: May 6th, 2011

DVD Release Date: August 23rd, 2011

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

Production Co: Anonymous Content

Keywords: Son , 2010s , Husband , New York City , Fall , Wife , Rise , Offbeat , House

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    That this ambitious, if deeply odd, film is so compulsively watchable is a credit to Gibson's compelling performances, both as spiritless Walter and the Cockney-accented voice of the tireless title character. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Bizarre and belabored, yet grimly fascinating. show more

  • 70
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    A risky bet that pays off solidly, Jodie Foster's much-delayed The Beaver survives its life/art parallels -- thanks to its star, Mel Gibson -- to deliver a hopeful portrait of mental illness that is quirky, serious and sensitive. show more

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