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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 ... 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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There's going to be a meltdown. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Olivia Wilde stated that Brooke, from this movie, was her favorite character she has ever played. See more »

Goofs

When Laura rams Bob's car, it is clear there is no one inside although Bob and Brooke were having sex inside a few seconds back. 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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Crazy Credits

On the Blu-ray, there are no opening credits except for the RADiUS-TWC logo and the title. See more »

Connections

References Rain Man (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Pickin' Up the Pieces
Written by Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs
Performed by Fitz and The Tantrums
Courtesy of Dangerbird Records
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Perfect For Some Laughs
9 October 2012 | by Kaitlyn ClarkSee all my reviews

I'll admit, when I watched this I didn't have particularly high hopes. I never put much hope into a comedy, because so often they either aren't funny at all or put every joke in the preview. However, I figured it deserved a chance considering my love of Olivia Wilde especially, but also the other big names like Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner, Ashley Greene, and so on.

Now, be warned, this is not the movie to watch if you expect to take anything seriously. That isn't to say it's a comedy about people doing stupid things and being immature, quite the opposite, but everything is taken in exaggeration. After all, it is a movie about sculpting butter, so don't expect some pulse pounding drama.

That being said, if you have a good sense of humour, and want to laugh, then this is the movie to watch. The acting was amazing from everybody, Garner gave me chills when angry, Wilde had me in tears from laughing, and Yara Shahidi was unexpectedly amazing in her role as the young foster child. I absolutely recommend it.


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