Say what you will about Mel Gibson—yes, he’s an absolute maniac!—but he’s still a fine actor. However, he isn’t a good-enough actor to save this trash, from director and co-star Jodie Foster. Gibson plays Walter Black, a depressed toy-company CEO who—while at death’s door during a suicide attempt—empowers a beaver puppet he found in the trash to speak for him. Black starts mending his broken family and rises to national prominence as the crazy guy who talks to everybody with a puppet. (He even gets on the Today show!) The film’s psychology is blatantly obvious, and watching Gibson have fistfights with himself is hilarious—yet it’s not supposed to be funny. Foster wants us to take this crap seriously. This is a very difficult film to watch, and proof that Foster should stick to acting.
Director: Jodie Foster
Producer: Steve Golin, Keith Redmon, Ann Ruark, Jeff Skoll, Mohammed Al Mazrouel, Paul Green and Jonathan King
Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Riley Stewart, Cherry Jones and Kelly Coffield Park