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Movie Review: 'The Beaver'

AbleStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After being thrown out of the house by his wife, played by director Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson's depressed Walter Black finds a beaver puppet in the trash.

Later that night, after a failed suicide attempt, the beaver, who sounds like Gibson impersonating Michael Caine, finds his way onto Walter's hand.  The beaver usurps Walter's personality, leading Walter to become more productive at his job and seemingly repair his relationship with his youngest son.  As for his relationship with his eldest son Porter -- well, not so much.

It's hard for many to separate Gibson from his issues but if you can, you'll see a soulful performance in The Beaver, a profound film by Foster.

Four out of five stars.

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'Thor,' 'The Beaver' Among Films Opening Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The summer movie season officially begins this weekend with the opening of what could turn out to be one of the year's biggest blockbusters, Thor. Here's a closer look at it and the other movies arriving in theaters Friday:

* Thor -- Australian actor Chris Hemsworth portrays the titular Marvel superhero, the brash, hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder, banished from the cosmic realm of Asgard to Earth. Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Rene Russo also star in the film, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Rated PG-13.

* Something Borrowed -- Ginnifer Goodwin is a 30-year-old attorney who falls for her best friend's fiancé. Kate Hudson, John Krasinski and Colin Egglesfield also star. Rated PG-13.

* Jumping the Broom -- In this comedy, two African-American families come together for a wedding at Martha's Vineyard. Angela Bassett and Paula Patton star. Rated PG-13.

And opening in limited release:

* The Beaver -- In his first film since his much-publicized recorded rants against his ex-girlfriend leaked online last summer, Mel Gibson plays a depressed man who tries to turn his life around with the help of a beaver puppet he wears on his hand and uses to communicate with others. Jodie Foster directs and co-stars. Rated PG-13.

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Jodie Foster on Mel Gibson: 'If He Does Something Wrong...Jail Him'

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- She might be biased, but The Beaver director and co-star Jodie Foster calls Mel Gibson’s performance in the film “extraordinary.”

“I could never have asked for anything more,” Foster told ABC News Radio, adding, “it’s a dream come true.”

While Foster should be basking in the afterglow of releasing her labor of love, she is instead in the middle of a publicity tour riddled with queries about her troubled and controversial star.

“It’s hard to have to have to answer every question about him, somebody that I really care about who I know and love and who has been an incredible friend and a loyal person and somebody that I really admire, " says Foster, who has known Gibson since they co-starred in the 1994 Western comedy Maverick.  "So that’s been hard....and, you know, I’m as nutty as a fruitcake so at some point I will internalize that.  Not yet, but at some point I will curl up into a ball I’m sure."

It’s hard to believe anyone will ever find Foster -- a cordial, warm and funny interview subject -- curled up in a corner.  Still, the two-time Oscar winner is quite blunt about the ramifications of Gibson’s actions.

“I can’t excuse his behavior, of course, and if he does something wrong he needs to go to jail, and if he breaks the law he needs to go to jail.  If he’s filled with rage he needs to come to terms with that rage and that’s his personal process in life.”

If Gibson’s dirty laundry had never been aired, The Beaver has the pedigree to be one of those movies we would’ve seen released during Oscar season.  Still, the combined star power of Foster and fellow Academy Award-winner Gibson may yet prove a potent box office combination.  Ask Foster, though, and she says it ultimately doesn't matter -- to her, or to Gibson.

“As somebody who actually knows him as opposed to somebody who doesn’t know him...There are lifelong struggles for him, ahead of him and he has really bigger problems than whether he’s going to get nominated for an Oscar or whether the film is going to make any money. “

The Beaver opens in limited release on Friday.

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Jodie Foster Has 'No Regrets' About Hiring Mel Gibson

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Jodie Foster says she has “no regrets” about hiring Mel Gibson for the lead role in her new movie, The Beaver, in the wake of his highly-publicized personal troubles.  During an appearance Wednesday night at the film’s premiere in the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, Foster said, “Obviously all sorts of stuff happened after the film was finished. I certainly have no regrets about him being in the film and his performance.”

The Beaver was originally set to debut last year in order to be eligible for the recent Academy Awards, but was postponed after RadarOnline posted audiotapes of a man, widely reported to be Gibson, screaming and making racial and sexist comments to his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.  Last week, Gibson pleaded no contest to a domestic abuse charge in connection with his break-up with Grigorieva.

At Wednesday’s premiere, Foster, who not only stars in the film but also directs it, said she felt “incredibly grateful” for Gibson’s performance and wouldn’t change anything.  She did admit however that the film was “the biggest struggle" of her professional career.

The Beaver tells the story of a severely depressed man, played by Gibson, whose wife and son don’t understand the pain he is feeling.  He then finds a beaver puppet, which he uses to communicate more easily with his family and friends.  The Beaver is scheduled to open nationwide in May.

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