The Beaver | Chicago Reader

The Beaver

A suicidally depressed executive (Mel Gibson) reinvigorates his life with an alter-ego that takes the form of a beaver hand puppet. Jodie Foster, directing a screenplay by Kyle Killen, emphasizes the melancholy implications of this ridiculous premise, staging much of the story as somber drama. Aside from this tonal gambit she isn't especially ambitious; most of the observations about suburban malaise (down to the Ayn Rand-style, self-empowering "solutions") suggest American Beauty. Yet this is often quite affecting for its portrait of midlife crisis and Gibson's personal investment in the role: supplying the voice of the puppet, he uses his Australian accent for the first time in decades, and a climactic act of self-mutilation recalls the torturous violence so central to his own directorial efforts. With Foster, Jennifer Garner, and Anton Yelchin.

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Director:

  • Jodie Foster

Cast:

  • Mel Gibson
  • Jodie Foster
  • Anton Yelchin
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Riley Stewart
  • Cherry Jones
  • Kelly Coffield Park

Producers:

  • Steve Golin
  • Keith Redmon
  • Ann Ruark
  • Jeff Skoll
  • Mohammed Al Mazrouel
  • Paul Green
  • Jonathan King

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