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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 <>

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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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[first lines]
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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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User Reviews

Perfect For Some Laughs
9 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

I'll admit, when I watched this I didn't have particularly high hopes. I never put much hope into a comedy, because so often they either aren't funny at all or put every joke in the preview. However, I figured it deserved a chance considering my love of Olivia Wilde especially, but also the other big names like Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner, Ashley Greene, and so on.

Now, be warned, this is not the movie to watch if you expect to take anything seriously. That isn't to say it's a comedy about people doing stupid things and being immature, quite the opposite, but everything is taken in exaggeration. After all, it is a movie about sculpting butter, so don't expect some pulse pounding drama.

That being said, if you have a good sense of humour, and want to laugh, then this is the movie to watch. The acting was amazing from everybody, Garner gave me chills when angry, Wilde had me in tears from laughing, and Yara Shahidi was unexpectedly amazing in her role as the young foster child. I absolutely recommend it.

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