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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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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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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>

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18 October 2012 (Russia)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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

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[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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References American Idol (2002) See more »

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Written by Damon Albarn, Erik Bodin, Jamie Hewlett, Yukimi Nagano, Frederik Wallin, and 'Hakan Wirenstrand'
Performed by Gorillaz ft. Little Dragon
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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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