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Butter (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  18 October 2012 (Russia)
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In Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town's annual contest.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Orval Flanagan
Carol Ann
Jason Yudoff ...
Helen Flanagan
Butter Fan
Butter Fan's Wife
Kelly Tippens ...
Mrs. Moore
June Carmichael
Jeanne Evans ...
Mrs. Gunderson
Cindy Creekmore ...
Danielle Mattingly
Christine Scheller ...
Transitional Home Worker


In Iowa, laid-back Bob has won the state fair's butter-carving contest 15 years running; his tightly-wound and hard-charging wife Laura sees Bob becoming governor, so when the contest organizers ask him to step aside so others can win, she's incensed; when Bob won't protest, she decides to enter herself. In the county contest, she's up against Destiny, an African-American foster child, and Brooke, a prostitute Bob hasn't paid. When things don't go Laura's way, she enlists the help of Boyd, an old boyfriend. Laura's step-daughter and Destiny's foster parents are in the mix as things heat up at the state fair. What are Destiny and Laura's destiny? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 October 2012 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Alles in Butter  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$70,931 (USA) (5 October 2012)


$70,931 (USA) (5 October 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kate Hudson was set to play Brooke, but dropped out to do Something Borrowed (2011) instead. She was replaced by Olivia Wilde. See more »


Laura's hand is shown in different places in shots when they announce her speech. See more »


[first lines]
Laura Pickler: I believe in America. I believe we are the best. I believe we're number one. And I won't apologize for that. My husband and I are survivors. We fought tooth and nail to get where we are today. How? The old fashion way, hard work and a can-do attitude. And here in the great State of Iowa, no less, where all great battles begin. My name is Laura Dean Pickler, and this is the cut-throat story of greed, blackmail, sex, and butter.
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Harder, Deeper, Faster
Written by Sam Shaber and Stan Blackett
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Edgy and funny
30 September 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

just saw this, and it was pretty damn funny. Butter revolves around the participants in a butter carving contest in a white-washed suburban area. It's sweet, it's funny, it's holding itself back trying not to be too pottymouthed, and did I mention it's about butter? Jennifer Garner and Yada Shahidi both do great jobs; while Shahidi's character Destiny is the underdog and therefore the obvious choice to root for, Garner brings a certain vulnerability and nervousness to her straight-laced character Laura that makes her a lead that you can bear to watch. All the cast pull their weight, and special credit has to be given to show-stealer, Olivia Wilde, who brings a free-spirited intelligence to her ridiculous character Brooke, as only Wilde can, and is probably the movie's funniest character.

The one complaint I had with the otherwise great movie, is that the direction seems to jump back and forth between being an edgy, witty comedy for adults and a warmhearted feel-good for the family. While I can see they were trying to be funny, and at the same time, touching - I felt the mixing could have been smoother.

But that aside, Butter takes the overdone, unoriginal underdog-in-a-competition plot line, and manages to turn it into a pretty decent film by injecting with quirky subject matter and diverse, great characters. Easily recommended.

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