- Audience-Alienating Premise: The film is about a mentally-ill man who is able to communicate with a discarded beaver puppet. The concept itself is a hard sell, but the film stars Mel Gibson in the lead role and tries to portray him in a sympathetic context... at the time where Gibson had made headlines for controversial tirades against his ex-wife as well as his infamous DUI arrest. The film naturally flopped and was met with mixed reception among critics. Nathan Rabin of the AV Club goes into more detail for his "My Year of Flops" column.
YMMV / The Beaver