MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 10 this week

Butter (2011)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 14,234 users   Metascore: 40/100
Reviews: 46 user | 86 critic | 23 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Emmy Awards 2014

We have the winners, photos and more in our 2014 Emmys section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 22 May 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 12 Jan 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 13 Feb 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 16 Nov 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 26 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Butter" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Butter (2011)

Butter (2011) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Butter.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A story set in nineteenth-century China and focusing on the life-long friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid social norms imposed on women.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu
Deception I (2008)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An accountant is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List by his lawyer friend. But in this new world, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.

Director: Marcel Langenegger
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams
On the Inside I (2011)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A decent but troubled young man is sent to a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane and soon finds himself in a fight for his life battling ghosts inside his head and very real enemies all around him.

Director: D.W. Brown
Stars: Nick Stahl, Dash Mihok, Olivia Wilde
Serena (2012)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A short film that deals with the forbidden love of a woman for her pastor, which she reveals to him while confessing.

Director: Rodrigo García
Stars: Jennifer Garner, Alfred Molina
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jack Willis is a handsome roadtrain driver with a secret - he has just become a top-selling romance novelist. However, being a 'man's man' in the Australian outlook, to avoid embarrassment,... See full summary »

Director: Antony J. Bowman
Stars: Claudia Karvan, Hugh Jackman, Angie Milliken
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Barky, 25, lost soul, left home two years ago to escape his abusive father leaving behind everything in the world that was important to him; now that his father's dead, he thinks it's safe to come home.

Director: Alan White
Stars: Marty Denniss, Hugh Jackman, Andrew Wholley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Bob
...
Orval Flanagan
...
Carol Ann
Jason Yudoff ...
Announcer
...
Nancy
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There's going to be a meltdown. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 October 2012 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Alles in Butter  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$70,931 (USA) (5 October 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene where Laura and Bob talk in the Pickler family carving cooler, in the background there is a butter sculpture of a man pointing. That is a replica of the statue of Green Bay Packers' legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, that is outside the atrium entrance to Lambeau Field. See more »

Goofs

You cannot handle butter sculptures with your bare hands - that's the temperature at which it melts. See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown at the beginning of the end credits. See more »

Connections

References American Idol (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep Marchin'
Written and performed by Raphael Saadiq
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Finds the comedy and odd-behaviour in a butter carving competition
9 February 2013 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Butter" takes place in Iowa, most likely smack dab in the middle of it, in a really small town that survives on its dairy industry. So much so, that they have a butter carving competition that is the be-all and end- all to celebrity status within the community. The King of Butter is revered. That title belongs to Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell) who is retiring from the butter competition but finds no solace at home.

He is married to Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) who is a real balls- buster, clawing her way to control within this small town. He is also seeking out gratification at a local strip club where he gets in over his head with bad girl Brooke (Olivia Wilde). Meanwhile Ethan (Rob Corddry) and Jill Emmett (Alicia Silverstone) are new foster parents to young black child, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), who finds herself armed only with her wit in a sea of white people.

Yes, the film is about butter carving, and yes it is exactly as funny as you would expect that to be. It can go a bit over-the-top at times, but particularly Corddry and young Shahidi handle the extreme humour with ease. She's easily the best young actress in a comedy that I've seen in a long time. Wilde and Garner are able to do their own thing, throwing reality out the window, and just having fun. Kristen Schaal plays one of Laura's butter carving competitors and remains unfunny since she attempted to find a touch-point for reality in her character, when, of course, there isn't one.

There are a few ill-advised side plots and everything is extreme, but then again, it is a dark comedy so the jokes cross lines as the genre dictates. It gets dramatic, which for those enjoying the comedy, seems like an unwelcome departure. Overall it is funny, and quirky, and odd. And Hugh Jackman plays a used car salesman cowboy. Take all that as you will.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
BUTTER IS SICK Naciak
Political symbology and general criticism josephc_01
uhm.... Jenny + Alicia did not age well... bitterswt1
I love Jen Garner, but that accent is not from Iowa kgarner-275-120180
Fell flat kelly45890
Release date ighj22
Discuss Butter (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?