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Butter (2011)

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In Iowa, a girl in foster care discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town's annual contest.

Director:

Jim Field Smith

Writer:

Jason A. Micallef (as Jason Micallef)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Garner ... Laura Pickler
Ty Burrell ... Bob Pickler
Garrett Schenck ... Orval Flanagan
Kristen Schaal ... Carol Ann Stevenson
Jason Yudoff Jason Yudoff ... Announcer
Phyllis Smith ... Nancy
Judy Leavell Judy Leavell ... Helen Flanagan
Joe Chrest ... Butter Fan
Deana Ricks Deana Ricks ... Butter Fan's Wife
Yara Shahidi ... Destiny
Kelly Tippens ... Mrs. Moore
Dodie Brown ... June Carmichael
Jeanne Evans Jeanne Evans ... Mrs. Gunderson
Cindy Creekmore Cindy Creekmore ... Danielle Mattingly
Christine Scheller 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, and when Bob won't protest, she decides to enter herself. In the county contest, she's up against African-American foster child Destiny and Brooke, a prostitute Bob hasn't paid. When things don't go Laura's way, she enlists the help of old boyfriend Boyd. Also involved as things heat up at the state fair are Laura's stepdaughter and Destiny's foster parents. are in the mix as things heat up at the state fair. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A comedy about sex, power and spreading the wealth. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Hugh Jackman and Kristen Schaal also starred together in Kate & Leopold (2001) 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-fashioned 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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On the Blu-ray, there are no opening credits except for the RADiUS-TWC logo and the title. See more »

Connections

References SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) See more »

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To Binge
Written by Damon Albarn, Erik Bodin, Jamie Hewlett, Yukimi Nagano, Fredrik Wallin (as Frederik Wallin), and Håkan Wirenstrand (as Hakan Wirenstrand)
Performed by Gorillaz ft. Little Dragon
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Great Dark Comedy!
5 October 2012 | by scissorhands__emilySee all my reviews

I thought this movie was hilarious! It is a black comedy all the way though, so if you don't care for that style of humor you probably won't get this movie. Many of the characters are exaggerated and the plot line itself is a bit over the top, but that is the purpose of a dark comedy. All of the actors are great in this! Jennifer Garner really shines as the more villainous Laura Pickler, and it's nice to see her in a more against type role. Olivia Wilde also stood out as Brooke the local stipper. However, the biggest stand out was Yara Shahidi as 10 year old Destiny. She did an excellent job in the role and really brought heart to the movie. Overall I wouldn't recommend this to everyone, but if you enjoy black comedies this is one worth checking out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2012 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bossier City, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,931, 7 October 2012

Gross USA:

$105,018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$175,706
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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