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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053XZ8YC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,973 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The theme of being alone, a common place item in Jodie Foster films, becomes over powering in this production. Walter Black (Mel Gibson) is married to Jodie, has two sons and is the CEO of a toy company. For some reason that is really never explained, he is extremely depressed and can't shake it no matter what he does. At a critical moment with his neck tied to a shower curtain rod (guess how that works out) Walter is able to come out of his depression with the aid of a beaver puppet, he uses to project himself with a British accent.

At first it is cute and the family takes him back, but then it becomes old and creepy. Meanwhile Walter's son (Anton Yelchin) has his own issues. He is helping Norah (Jennifer Lawrence) write her valedictorian speech (she is also blond and a cheerleader) as she has issues too. This all-star cast turns the film into an insightful and original comedy-drama.

F-bomb, brief sex, no nudity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wpa on 14 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
A bitter/sweet dark comedy which builds from light-hearted to a darker side where the main character seeks to self-treat himself for his depression and suicidal tendancies through the most unlikely of means. Ultimately uplifting it's one you want to watch, then watch again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
'Walter Black' has become depressive, and drinks to much, his business, once successful is failing, his marriage is at breaking-point, and his eldest son, hates him, 'Walter' is a total embarrassment to all those around him.
When thrown out of his home by his wife, 'Walter' decides to throw many of his possessions in a skip, whilst doing this he see's a hand puppet.......a 'Beaver' which he takes back to his temporary home.
'Walter' places the 'Beaver' on his arm and begins a conversation with it, obviously both questions and answers being his own, However reality escapes 'Walter' and the 'Beaver' becomes his reality, so much so it begins to change his life around.............his eldest son however fails to be impressed by his fathers obsession with a hand-puppet.
The film obviously has much humour in it, however there is an under-lying current of despair.
A decent watch.....worth a spin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Buckle on 31 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Quite a decent film but certainly very odd. Certainly the first film I have seen with a puppet on an actor's hand as one of the central characters, you might even think it was real (well.. perhaps not). I can certainly understand why (in the cast bonus) that they mention that Mel Gibson got cramp after a few minutes of moving the mouth of the beaver.. I can imagine manipulating a puppet like that for any length of time would be agony. Very good performances from most of the cast and well directed film from Jodie Foster
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Pj Williams VINE VOICE on 16 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
just finished it and I am sort of speechless. a truly great piece of film making. for those of you don't like film to make you think look away now and rent something else.

so hard to explain this movie without telling the story but I shall try. walter ( mel) is depressed and at the end of his rope turns to a stuffed beaver hand puppet to say all the things he cant, in fact to act as his personality. there are some really comic moments during this adjustment period. his eldest son is having problems of his own trying to not turn into his dad and basically be a teenager. jodie foster is the suffering wife who wants walter to snap out of it but accepts the beaver for the sake of their younger child and the fact that it seams to be helping walter. the rest you have to find out yourself.

the performances are top notch. foster did a great thing casting mel, he seems to be working through some of his own demons during the film and is truly convincing to the end. the direction by foster is flawless, keeping the pace quick and letting the characters develop what seems naturally from part a to b but being honest in the portrayal so its not all " happy endings if you put up with a little darkness". It is basically a families struggle with depression and the ways in which we fool ourselves that we are happy even when we are not. really that's the best I can do without giving it all away, as it will surprise you from the moment you start watching. its, funny ( taking a shower with the beaver), its sad, its serious, then light. but its so well done its natural. think American beauty with puppets.

probably one of the best pieces of film making in the true sense I have seen in a long time. probably since thank you for smoking
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Format: DVD
Although the concept of The Beaver sounds daft and only worthy of a nauseating teen comedy, it turns out to be a quite surprising experience that offers an intriguing glimpse into fragile mental health.

Mel Gibson plays a man who was once successful but who now suffers from severe depression and is on the verge of loosing everything. Then he discovers a dis-guarded hand-puppet of a beaver and finds it allows him to better communicate with the world around him. Although everyone thinks he has gone completely crazy, we get to see how he brings himself back from the brink using this furry friend.

Jodie Foster both co-stars and directs this interesting tale that had the unfortunate coincidence of being released around the time that Mel Gibson was causing some controversial real life headlines. But even as a result of many cinemas ignoring the film on release, I thought this was one of Mel's most interesting roles in quite some years. If you can get used to the initially silly idea and persevere with it, there is some quality drama surrounding both Gibsons' characters personal and professional life as well as the side story of his son dealing with the attention of a girl he likes at university.

Brilliantly written by Kyle Killen, The Beaver is a solemn work that really deserves a chance. Jodie Foster provides the delicate and mature directing hand that this kind of idea needs in order to maintain credibility. She also shows why she is still one of the most reliable actresses working today by being totally convincing as a distraught mother and wife who has to try and prevent her family unit falling apart.

The Beaver seems ridiculous, but most viewers should find their open-minded curiosity rewarded.
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