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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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Orval Flanagan
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Carol Ann
Jason Yudoff ...
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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
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Danielle Mattingly
Christine Scheller ...
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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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A comedy about sex, power and spreading the wealth. See more »

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

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18 October 2012 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Alles in Butter  »

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

Gross:

$70,931 (USA) (5 October 2012)
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The incredibly hard to read URL in the Blu-ray "Deleted & Extended Scenes" clip "Destiny's Party & Painted URL" is a YouTube link to a movie tie-in spoof protest video "PETA protest at Red Ribbon Dairy - 1996" (YouTube ID: ex7caD1fb0E). See more »

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

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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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Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Julian Davis (as Julian Michael Davis), and Zach Danziger
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A lost opportunity, but not a waste of time
18 September 2012 | by (Atlanta, Georgia, United States) – See all my reviews

"Butter" hasn't received much press until just now as it is hitting the festival circuit. A trailer has yet to be seen and a release date has only recently been nailed down. All we knew about it was that the cast is full of good names, it is a satire built around a butter-carving competition and that director Jim Field Smith is only known for by-the-numbers romantic comedy "She's Out of My League." But somewhere, somehow, the name "Juno" was mumbled by someone and comparisons were just waiting to be made.

The question of similarity to "Juno" would be appropriately enough raised, but I'm afraid the similarity ends just past the 'Jennifer Garner movie' and 'Midwestern family ensemble comedy' labels. "Butter" has a bit of bite, but it lacks both the quirk and emotional depth that "Juno" had. The screenplay goes more for gags than being clever and fails to really shine outside a handful of scenes.

This is not to say the film isn't going to be surefire entertainment for many moviegoers. There were a few times in the film when I couldn't even hear a few lines because the whole house was laughing for so long. Garner, newcomer Yara Shahidi, Olivia Wilde and Kristen Schaal all do some comedic heavy-lifting. Shahidi provides a bit of tenderness as both the narrator and the heart of the film. Garner, meanwhile, gives us a performance we haven't ever seen from her. She will be an Oscar player one of these days.

I went into this one hoping to be surprised by just how great it was, but not expecting to be. I wasn't surprised, but I wasn't disappointed either. A lost opportunity, but not a waste of time.

2.5 out of 5 stars.

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