‘The Beaver’ Will Reach Theaters In March 2011

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The Beaver official release date The Beaver Will Reach Theaters In March 2011

The Beaver – a story about a woebegone man who begins to reassemble the shambles of his once-thriving life with the assistance of a toy puppet – sounds… interesting and quirky enough in its own right, but the fact that it stars Mel Gibson very much prevented the film from reaching theaters this year.

Now Summit Entertainment has at last set an official release date for actress/director Jodie Foster’s Beaver movie, which will begin a limited theatrical run on March 23rd, 2011 and then expand wider on April 8th.

While The Beaver is very much an unconventional dramedy in its own right, Gibson’s public meltdown over the past couple of years has discouraged studios from signing on to distribute the film. Things started to turn around for the project a few months back, when Gibson’s performance began generating Oscar buzz amongst those who had seen it. An official trailer was released a couple of weeks ago and with it came the news that Summit executives had finally selected a tentative date to put The Beaver out in theaters.

It’s difficult to assess just how well The Beaver will do at the box office at this point. There’s little doubt that Gibson’s part in the film will put off certain ticket buyers, but the Oscar-winner’s willingness to tackle a self-deprecating role that very much parallels his own experiences in the limelight could generate sympathy and interest amongst a lot of moviegoers as well.

first image from the beaver The Beaver Will Reach Theaters In March 2011

Foster, Gibson, and 'The Beaver'.

Fellow Oscar-winner Foster costars as Gibson’s frustrated wife, while Star Trek‘s Anton Yelchin plays his son. Both are generally solid performers in their own right, but Gibson’s leading turn in the film is quite likely to overshadow them – not only due to the controversy concerning his personal life, but also because this will only be the actor’s second credited onscreen performance in seven years.

It can be quite difficult to separate an artist’s creative output from their real-life behavior, but Gibson could very well resuscitate his career should The Beaver be well-received. Case in point – jokes about Christian Bale’s obscenity-fueled rant on the set of Terminator: Salvation have become virtually extinct since he started collecting accolades left and right for his performance in The Fighter. It seems he and the film community weren’t done professionally after all. 😉

Are you planning to check out The Beaver when it arrives in theaters next spring? If you can’t catch the March 23rd limited release in your area, you’ll have to wait for the April 8th wide release.

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  2. Mel is a brilliant actor… and like most brilliant artists, he’s deeply flawed.

    I’m really looking forward to this movie, as I love movies about screwed up people fumbling their way through becoming better human beings. Gran Torino and As Good As It Gets are 2 of my all time fav movies, and I can only hope this is on par with those.

    • Totally agree Greg.

  3. This has potential to be really poignant because of his life right now. I haven’t watched the trailer yet so i’m gonna hold judgement

  4. movie looks dumb but mel is deffinatly a good actor

  5. It looks kinda dumb if you ask me, a beaver in a mans arm ?

      • Ain’t that the truth.

    • yh agreed it looks dumb

  6. I would definitely see it. It’s when actors are at their lowest ebb that they bring out their best performances.

    • Too bad that can’t be said for Lindsay Lohan. I liked the trailer, but I have to admit I loved the recut version more. I’m sorry, but I just can’t help but laugh at them placing Gibson’s rant as the voice of the beaver.

  7. I’ve heard that the film has a really dark sense of humor that the trailer doesn’t really showcase at all. For obvious reasons it seems like they’re really playing up the whole redemption/second chances angle. I think (or at least hope) that there’s another side to the movie we’re not seeing yet.

  8. I am definitely looking forward to seeing Jodie Foster’s beaver. Not too keen on Mad Mel, but i think the idea behind the movie is quirky-cool.

  9. Mel has his fist in a beaver…where should I not start.