Popcorn Pulse 105: Meaver

There’s nothing quite like watching an actor pretend to lose their mind on screen. Especially when they’re the kind of person who already comes across as unhinged. That’s why we jointly reviewed The Beaver[2011].

Mel Gibson plays the head of a small toy company inherited from his father that’s not doing too well. He has a bad relationship with his kids. His wife, played by Jodie Foster, wants a divorce. So Mel goes to a motel to drink heavily and attempt to kill himself. This fails when the beaver puppet he found in a dumpster tells him to knock it off and put himself back together.

The Beaver(2011), Mel Gibson doing an accent that Tim swears sounds like Mel doing a Michael Caine impression, seems to help. His kids start talking to him as he gets involved. He pitches an exciting new idea to the company and gets interviews on TV and magazines. This only lasts for a little bit as the beaver decides to run his life and Mel ends up cutting off his arm to get rid of it.

Tim then reviews Girls Just Want to Have Fun(1985). It’s an eighties movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker before she transformed into the mother of Mister Ed. She’s the daughter of a military man who moves a lot and all she wants to do is dance. Lucky for her there’s a contest to appear on a music show as a dancer that’s open to the public. If you want an eighties dance movie that’s not Footloose and has a lot of store brand versions of pop music, this might be the movie for you.

Weltall’s review is for Hotel Artemis[2019]. He was trying to do a Jodie Foster theme but Tim apparently has replaced his brain with swiss cheese and a mouse and couldn’t remember. Foster plays a woman known as the Nurse who works in a near future where high rolling criminals come to her for treatment. There are rules in her hospital like no killing fellow criminals while you’re there. Naturally someone breaks the rules and there’s tension and twists abound.

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