Talking at the premiere of The Beaver, Jodie Foster described the movie as the biggest struggle of her life. "This is not a comedy. It reflects the struggle of one man in the midst of a spiritual crisis," the Hollywood reporter quoted her as saying. She added, "This was the biggest struggle of my professional life."
The Beaver has a deeply intense story line about depression. Foster had to struggle to find the right tone, the comic bits and wit for the film. She described that It was something sensitivity without sentimentality. The movie has also saw many ups and downs due to Mel Gibson's controversies.
However, the film dances on a tightrope of tone and hard-to-digest plot. It may not be like by many audience. Gibson is playing a deeply depressed, barely functional husband and father in the film, whose message is about the need for connection and helping those who are sick whether you like them or not.