The Beaver

The Beaver

DVD - 2011
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Walter, once a successful and happy family man, has hit rock bottom. But, in his darkest hour, he finds a rather unusual savior: a beaver hand-puppet that takes over Walter's life in an attempt to change things for the better.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Summit Entertainment, LLC, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
Branch Call Number: DVD BEAVER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Feb 24, 2018

Excellent film.
Fantastic performances.
Nothing unecessary, well directed, filmed and written.

Explores mental illness, (could be any addiction, depression, compulsion, obsession, imbalance) its affects on others, the deadly potential, the constant inner struggle to survive, to rise above and become stronger than the disease.

The fight of that monster that lives within.
The dennial, the submission, the powerlessness, the defeat, the loss, the insanity, the suffering, the pain, the struggle just tomsurvive, live one more day, try to have relationships.

Acceptance, non acceptance, self hatred..
The absolute necessity of others who can love and understand the sick person without expectations, and conditions, is essential (and almost non existent, ) to healing and survival.

Very dark, deep to the point that it seems almost funny, but is not. Her commentary and deleted scenes are a fantastic addition.

Worth watching a few times.

Similar to Finnish, swedish and Denmark movies, very dark, very real.

Dec 10, 2017

I think that this film really sent out all kinds of totally screwy messages about dealing with matters concerning serious psychosis. While watching this flaw-infested film I kept asking myself - "What the fukk is director Jodie Foster trying to tell me with this crap?"

One thing that I'm certain of is that, at some time in her life, Jodie Foster must've had to deal with some of her own personal issues with her real-life father in order to take it upon herself to direct a film of this one's dysfunctional nature.

With "The Beaver" it totally killed me that at the absolute peak of his lunacy, Walter Black was at his most creative. And, on top of that, his fukked-up beaver-psychosis made him a media-celebrity who was winning rounds of applause and approval from the entire American population.

In summing up this film's story in a nutshell, I view its symbolism as being very clear to the fact that Walter, literally, had his hand shoved up the beaver's ass.

I resent Jodie Foster for this terrible attempt at trying to manipulate my emotions. I'm really beginning to hate these sorts of films where a great tragedy has to take place in a broken family before its apathetic members start to really care about one another. (Give me a break!)

Needless to say, The Beaver was a box-office flop. People stayed away from this one in droves. Its budget was $21 million. It has since grossed approx. $1 million.

All-in-all - The Beaver was shallow, sugar-coated worthlessness. Thank goodness this tripe only lasted for 90 minutes.

Dec 17, 2014

This is the kind of insipid crapfest that festival audiences insist on crediting with profound psychological depth instead of seeing it for the shallow one-trick tearjerker it actually is. As the drunken schizoid Walter, Mel Gibson (playing more of a cameo than an actual role) mopes and mugs his way along while feigning some nondescript British accent for his hairy sidekick. As his long-suffering wife Jody Foster (miscast!!) just stares and weeps into the camera. There are a few meaty bits along the way, a valedictorian's speech towards the end has some merit, but it's all lost amidst the dramatic cliches and unintentionally hilarious showdowns; watching Gibson and the Beaver duke it out had me howling! Terrible!

Jul 11, 2014

Great performances; story is unique and exceptionally well done.

Apr 07, 2014

Modern life will drive you crazy. Nothing really memorable bad or good, but not a total waste of time. It seemed he was a better person with the puppet. Maybe Mel needs the beaver in real life. He would probably make better decisions.

Dec 29, 2013

Well done, but quite traumatic to watch...

Jul 14, 2013


Rachiecakes Apr 15, 2013

Such a great movie -- this is atypical in every way and Gibson does a phenominal job as the dad whose flipped out. Very good acting. If you enjoy movies like "Cedar Springs" and "Napoeon Dynamite"...this is more serious, but along those lines.

Apr 13, 2013

Amazing!! Well done directing and acting!

Mar 15, 2013

Very serious movie, but also quite entertaining. Terrific to watch these great actors. Really loved it.

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Mar 24, 2012

Porter Black: "...You know, when I was a little kid... all I ever wanted was to be like you... ...Then I got older... I just wanted to be anybody else..." Walter Black: "...And now?" ......(bear hug,tears)......

Mar 24, 2012

('Kung Fu' episode, on TV in Walter Black's motel room) Master Po: "What do you look for beyond the sea, grasshopper?" Kwai Chang Caine: "That part of me which l know little of. The past out of which l was born." Master Po: "Then someday you must seek it." Kwai Chang Caine: "But is it good to seek the past, Master Po? Does it not rob the present?" Master Po: "lf a man dwells on the past, then he robs the present. But if a man ignores the past, he may rob the future. The seeds of our destiny are nurtured by the roots of our past."

Mar 24, 2012

Walter Black: We reach a point where, in order to go on, we have to wipe the slate clean. We start to see ourselves as a box that we're trapped inside and no matter how we try and escape, self help, therapy, drugs, we just sink further and further down. The only way to truly break out of the box is to get rid of it all together... I mean, you built it in the first place. If the people around you are breaking your spirit, who needs them? Your wife who pretends to love you, your son who can't even stand you. I mean, put them out of their misery. 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. All the potential, hope, all that joy, feeling, all that passion that life has sucked out of you. Reach out, grab a hold of it and snatch it back from that bloodsucking rabble.


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Feb 23, 2017

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