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Butter (2012)

Butter

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

October 05, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

92 min.

Studio

The Weinstein Company

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Jim Field Smith

Producer

Michael De Luca, Jennifer Garner, Juliana Janes, Alissa Phillips

Screenwriter

Jason A. Micallef

Starring

Story


A tale of competition at its most cut-throat, Butter surveys the raw ambition of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa's long-reigning champion butter carver. For 15 years, Laura has relished her high-profile role as the beautiful, loyal helpmate to her affable, artistically gifted husband. But when Bob is pressured to retire and allow someone else a chance at glory, an indignant Laura decides to enter the competition herself. She is first in line on sign-up day, only to see her odds of victory fall below with the arrival of an unlikely yet formidable contender: 10-year-old Destiny (Yara Shahidi), the African-American foster child of local couple Julie and Ethan (Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry). And that's not all. Bob's would-be mistress, bad-girl stripper Brooke (Olivia Wilde), also declares her candidacy, as does his #1 fan, Carol-Ann (Kristen Schaal). Facing three opponents, mocked by her stepdaughter Kaitlen (Ashley Greene) and furious with her husband, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to win. And if that means resorting to sabotage--and recruiting her dim-witted former boyfriend Boyd (Hugh Jackman) as a co-conspirator--then so be it.

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Jennifer Garner stars as Laura Pickler in The Weinstein Company's Butter (2012)
Jennifer Garner stars as Laura Pickler  in The Weinstein Company's Butter (2012)

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Olivia Wilde
36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival - Butter - Premiere Arrivals
Sep 13, 2011
Olivia Wilde
36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival - Butter - Premiere Arrivals
Sep 13, 2011

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the targets of its parody are often more vulgar than clever, but before it eventually falls apart and hits the frying pan, it paints a picture of American home economics that is occasionally hilarious..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
“..hardly the high-priced spread, this condescending comedy about Middle America will score with some audiences and put off others..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
“..filled with humor and heart, Butter won me over completely..”
by Betty Jo Tucker [ReelTalk Movie Reviews]