The Beaver

The Beaver

Streaming Video - 2010
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A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating.
Publisher: [United States] : Entertainment One : Made available through hoopla, 2010.
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 streaming video file (approximately 91 min.)) :,sound, color

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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.


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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

Walter Black is the worn out CEO of a failing toy company whose descent into depression and alcoholism seems destined to end in suicide, just like his father before him. His wife can no longer relate to him, his youngest son has become invisible and his eldest son is keeping a checklist of all his dad's peccadillos so he can avoid becoming like him. All seems lost until Walter happens upon a discarded puppet lying in a trash bin. The comical little beaver quickly becomes Walter's aggressively assertive alter ego; drawing up million dollar business deals, reuniting him with his estranged family and becoming something of a television personality. No longer able to speak for himself Walter instead gives full rein to the puppet which never leaves his arm for a second. Meanwhile his eldest son, who's also making a living of sorts by pretending to be someone else (he sells term papers for two hundred bucks a pop), is slowly sinking into the same abyss as his father. Things come to a head when Walter realizes the Beaver is not as benevolent as it pretends to be and a violent confrontation leads to lots of group hugs. 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!

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No_Stalkers4Me
Jul 11, 2014

Great performances; story is unique and exceptionally well done.

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john_doh17
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.

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booksmile
Dec 29, 2013

Well done, but quite traumatic to watch...

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Bjrobison
Jul 14, 2013

"Superb!"

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.

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summerrain
Apr 13, 2013

Amazing!! Well done directing and acting!

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rille
Mar 15, 2013

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

Quimeras Feb 26, 2013

The brain is still a great mystery and this is evident in the many ways that mental illness can manifest itself. “The Beaver” tells the story of a man suffering with depression and how he and his family cope with it. Given the fact that mental illness is on the rise in this country and affects so many of us, I think this is an important film and I recommend watching it.

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Jean-Pierre Lebel
May 28, 2012

I'm always interested when good actors decide to try directing a movie. This is Jodie Foster's 4th directorial effort and it's a decent one. The concept is bizarre to say the least. A depressed man takes his life out of the ditch after projecting a go-getter personality onto a hand-puppet that he wears constantly. Reminds me of Mr Garrison and Mr Hat from South Park. The movie was funny, but not really funny enough. Sometimes the drama and dark humor was too closely connected for there to be a chance for hearty laughter. Which is why I found the ending so laugh out loud funny.

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Monolith
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)......

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Monolith
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."

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Monolith
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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Davidf05
Feb 23, 2017

Davidf05 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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