Dedication

Synopsis: Henry Roth: obsessive-compulsive, somewhat misanthropic, a writer of children's books. His illustrator and only friend, Rudy, dies after a fabulously successful collaboration on "Marty, the Beaver." Henry is under contract to produce another Marty book for Christmas sales. His publisher, Arthur Planck, assigns penniless, lovelorn illustrator Lucy Reilly to work with Henry. She's sought by her ex-boyfriend Jeremy, who dumped her two years ago but shows up apologetic, having dedicated his new book to her. She and Henry go to a house on the shore to work. Will love bloom amid the rocks, or is Henry a bump on Lucy's road to Jeremy? Rudy's voice, from the grave, gives Henry counsel.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Justin Theroux
Production: The Weinstein Company
 
IMDB:
6.8
Metacritic:
50
Rotten Tomatoes:
40%
R
Year:
2007
95 min
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( movie projector whirrs )

HENRY:

Why are we here again?

RUDY:

Inspiration.

HENRY:
( sighs )

Seriously, why are we here?

RUDY:

Clears my head.

HENRY:

We're writing a children's book.

RUDY:

Shh! It's starting.

HENRY:
"The Sailor"?

RUDY:
Knock it off.

HENRY:
Do you think

that's the sailor?

RUDY:
Shh.

HENRY:
Wait, I'm--

I'm trying to follow it.

Come on, beat it, sister.

I ain't got no time for no hookers.

I should be insulted.

I'm not a hooker.

( Rudy laughs )

RUDY:
Hey!

Can I take your coat, Captain?

Look, baby, I ain't no captain.

I'm an able-bodied seaman.

Able-bodied. You dig?

- HENRY:
Oh, my God.

- Got it.

Today we'll find out

just how able-bodied you really are.

HENRY:

What is happening?

RUDY:
Shut up.

You're wrecking it.

HENRY:

That's impossible.

Take off your clothes.

Kinda remind me of a woman

who I met in my last port of call...

Hong Kong.

Boy, did she have the prettiest cu-

( film skips )

Come on! Jesus!

HENRY:

You could still get a girl like that.

You think so?

Mmm.

Ooh.

Oh, goddamn it, Henry!

You're not even watching

the goddamn movie.

I think we've seen

this one before.

Henry, will you come

and sit here like a normal person?

It's defeatist, what you're doing.

You're defeating the whole point

of what we got going here.

MAN:

Shut the fuck up, man!

You shut up!

Goddamn pervert.

( sighs )

I don't understand why

you think this would help.

Just watch the movie.

Do it to me.

Mmm.

Oh, do I need

a close-up of that.

- Ugh.

- Oh, yeah.

Oh.

Oh, good Lord.

Oh.

Mmm.

Touch my beaver.

Ooh. Ah.

Let's go. Let's go!

A beaver. It's a winner.

I mean, what kid

doesn't like beavers?

I got that thing that I get when

I get a feeling about something.

"Muff the Beaver"?

Nah. Too on the nose.

"Marty the Beaver"?

"Marty the Beaver."

Hey.

HENRY:
This guy is so

not gonna go for this.

( door closes )

Pessimist son of a bitch.

Mr. Planck will be with you

in just one minute, gentlemen.

( sighs )

Allison either wants me to move

into the living room to sleep,

or she wants to get engaged.

Yeah, well, that's the thing.

The reason people

get together now is...

because they think they're looking

for similarly broken people.

We communicate nowadays

through-- through damage.

But, fortunately for you,

she's fake-damaged,

and she's gonna leave you

and have a better life

with some dope like her

who just pretends to be all fucked up.

Girls only like the really fucked-up guy

for the first few months.

They prefer...

you know, fake-broken.

Complicated, but like...

talk-about-it-over-chardonnay

complicated.

Ooh.

Life.

Don't start. Life's fine.

( sighs )

Life is nothing but the echo of joy

disappearing into

the great chasm of misery.

You've had better.

Life is nothing

but the occasional burst of laughter

rising above

the interminable wail of grief.

That's my favorite.

It lives in truth, that's why.

HENRY:
He's-- he's not

necessarily a "bad" beaver.

RUDY:
Nah.

HENRY:
And he's not really

a "good" beaver, either.

He's an edgy kind of beaver.

No, no. More he's-- he's like a...

a beaver with an edge.

All right, let's see.

HENRY:
Show him.

All right, how's this?

That's the actual beaver?

Yeah, this is... this is Marty.

Mm-hmm?

Beavers make dams.

Yes, l-- I'm aware.

I didn't know that.

Mm-hmm.

Yeah, there-- there's

a thaw in-- in the snow,

and it doesn't look

as if the dam is gonna hold.

So, Marty, in a selfless effort

to save the pond,

breaks into every house in town.

Breaks in?

No, he-- he gnaws in.

He-- he's a beaver.

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