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Butter (2011)

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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.

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 ... 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; 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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2012 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Alles in Butter See more »

Filming Locations:

Bossier City, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,931, 7 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,931, 7 October 2012
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The incredibly hard to read URL in the Blu-ray "Deleted and 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 »

Goofs

After her rant in the car on the way from from losing to Destiny, Laura's audible thoughts begin "This is exactly why I stopped watching American Idol ... ". The banner for the competition says it's taking place in 1998 whereas American Idol started in 2002. 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 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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Connections

References The Scarlet Letter (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Butter (The Gratest Gift in Life)
Written by Mateo Messina
Performed by the Total Experience Gospel Choir and the Menahan Street Band
Courtesy of Weinstein Company
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Not Perfect, Not Terrible. I Enjoyed It.
26 November 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

In small-town 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.

Let me say right off the bat what I did not like about this film: the political angle. I did not mind the Newt Gingrich carving, but was it really necessary for the Picklers to be presented as Republicans? Their political views were not important -- their competitive spirit was.

That aside, it was pretty great. The ensemble cast is incredible -- Hugh Jackson, Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde (who steals the show on her bicycle)? Awesome. Ashley Greene outside of Twilight? Incredible. And Alicia Silverstone, who I had completely forgotten existed, comes back in a big way.

Some of the humor here is weak, and some of it is a bit cheap (two sex scandals are a key part of the plot)... but for a film about carving butter, it all ends up being pretty decent.


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