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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.



(as Jason Micallef)
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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Brooke is Olivia Wilde's favorite character that she has played. 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 Rain Man (1988) See more »


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26 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

I'm not exactly a fan of butter. The actual one, you can eat (fry or sculpture or whatever else might come to mind). But the movie I watched was really funny. I didn't expect it to be so good. Of course it does have clichés and you know where this is going without me having to tell you, but the way it takes to reach its goal is really noteworthy! Especially the fact that it goes all out and got an "R"-rating in America! All that with a kid in a main role.

But what a kid! She is really good and I defy anyone not seeing her talent (also apparent in the blooper reel that is included on the disc). It doesn't stop there though: You have Olivia Wilde (who makes good on her last name), Jennifer Garner really going for it. Especially when it comes to combining a sexual encounter with light humor (not the only scene that handles that combination though). If you can dig that ... eat it

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