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A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating.

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Walter Black ('Mel Gibson') is depressed and sleeps most of the day. It's driving his family crazy, and his wife Meredith (Jodie Foster) kicks him out. Walter starts carrying a beaver puppet and tries to commit suicide (unsuccessfully). He uses the puppet to talk to himself, trying to bolster his spirits, and is trying to rebuild his life. Through the beaver, the family begins to learn about Walter's history and problems, and as he continues rebuilding, the beaver shows us all a way to cope. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and language including a drug reference | See all certifications »

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19 May 2011 (Germany)  »

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Le complexe du castor  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$107,577 (USA) (6 May 2011)

Gross:

$958,319 (USA) (24 June 2011)
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Jim Carrey and Steve Carell were previously attached to play the lead character. See more »

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Walter Black: This is a picture of Walter Black, a hopelessly depressed individual. Somewhere inside him is a man who fell in love. Who started a family. Who ran a successful company. That man has gone missing. No matter what he's tried, and he's tried everything, Walter can't seem to bring him back. It's as if he's died, but hasn't had the good sense to take his body with him. So mostly what he does is sleep.
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Swim Until You Can't See Land
Written by Grant Hutchison, Scott Hutchison, David William Lawrence Kennedy (as David Kennedy), and Andy Monaghan
Performed by Frightened Rabbit
Courtesy of FatCat Records
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Mel Gibson is back!!!
14 January 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

It is a very difficult thing to write a review about a movie that stars one of your all time favorite actors.

But biased as we may seem to be, there is no harm in being honest when the movie has lived up to one's expectations.

When the first promo of this movie was released it met with a largely negative reaction, which i attribute to the recent unsavory incidents that Mel Gibson has been involved in. But 30 minutes into the movie and you will be extremely happy with his performance.

Mel Gibson has the capacity to express himself exceedingly well through his expressive eyes and although age has done its thing with his face he still manages to live up to the character he portrays in the movie. There is nothing extraordinary about 'the beaver' but i guess there are moments in our life when simplicity can mean a lot. This is a movie for all those people who want a second chance at setting things in their life right.

Jodie looks beautiful as usual and the pair is as good as it was many years ago when they starred in 'The Maverick'. The whole cast put up a decent job.

This coupled with nice background score and an simple yet engaging script makes 'The Beaver' a movie worth watching.


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