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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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Bob
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Orval Flanagan
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Carol Ann
Jason Yudoff ...
Announcer
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Nancy
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Helen Flanagan
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Butter Fan
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Butter Fan's Wife
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Kelly Tippens ...
Mrs. Moore
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June Carmichael
Jeanne Evans ...
Mrs. Gunderson
Cindy Creekmore ...
Danielle Mattingly
Christine Scheller ...
Transitional Home Worker
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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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18 October 2012 (Russia)  »

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

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$70,931 (USA) (5 October 2012)
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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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Bread and Butter
Written by Hugo (as Hugo Chakrabongse) and Julian Bunetta
Performed by Hugo
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Not Perfect, Not Terrible. I Enjoyed It.
26 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In small-town 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.

Let me say right off the bat what I did not like about this film: the political angle. I did not mind the Newt Gingrich carving, but was it really necessary for the Picklers to be presented as Republicans? Their political views were not important -- their competitive spirit was.

That aside, it was pretty great. The ensemble cast is incredible -- Hugh Jackson, Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde (who steals the show on her bicycle)? Awesome. Ashley Greene outside of Twilight? Incredible. And Alicia Silverstone, who I had completely forgotten existed, comes back in a big way.

Some of the humor here is weak, and some of it is a bit cheap (two sex scandals are a key part of the plot)... but for a film about carving butter, it all ends up being pretty decent.


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