'The Beaver'

MoviesEntertainmentThe Beaver (movie)Mel GibsonAnton YelchinJodie FosterJennifer Lawrence

After a lengthy period when he made more headlines than movies, Mel Gibson tackled a big acting challenge by reuniting with "Maverick" leading lady Jodie Foster - his director as well as his co-star here - in this 2011 drama.

Gibson plays a man in the throes of depression, leading him to consider a hand puppet in the image of a beaver his sole confidant. It also becomes his conduit for communicating with others, and to his credit, Gibson invests himself fully in the premise. Anton Yelchin ("Star Trek"), "Winter's Bone" Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence and "24" Emmy winner Cherry Jones also appear. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by Foster; deleted scenes. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)

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