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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 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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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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

In the scene where Laura and Bob talk in the Pickler family carving cooler, the butter sculpture of a man pointing, in the background is a replica of the statue of Green Bay Packers legendary coach Vince Lombardi, that is outside the atrium entrance to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 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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Outtakes are shown at the beginning of the end credits. See more »

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Features Deal or No Deal (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Winds of Change
Written by Michael Fitzpatrick and Chris Seefried
Performed by Fitz and The Tantrums
Courtesy of Dangerbird Records
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Butter fooled me because by the end I realized I was watching Margarine
17 September 2017 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

After watching the opening credits and seeing the well known cast who were starring in this 2011 comedy Butter, Mrs. Shullivan decided to stay up late and watch the film with myself. As it was very late Mrs. Shullivan unknowingly has become the true barometer of how I will eventually rate this film. You see, if she falls asleep early in the film then it must be a dud. If she stays up until the films' end credits then the film must be entertaining sufficiently enough to keep Mrs. Shullivan from her comfortable bed and pillow. (I will give you the resulting film score at the end of my review.)

Jennifer Garner and Ty Burrell play a married couple named Laura and Bob Pickler who live a very privileged lifestyle. They have a beautiful up scale style home and they are raising a college aged daughter named Kaitlin (played by Ashley Greene) who dislikes her own parents as they put their silly butter sculpture contests ahead of any other family values. Kaitlin is at that rebellious age and her hormones and excitement get the best of her when she finds out that the mysterious hot lady at their front door who wants to talk to her dad, Bob Pickler, is actually a stripper named Brooke (played by Olivia Wilde) and Brooke is demanding a $600 payment from her dad for services recently rendered.

While Laura and Bob Pickler are busily engaged with their hands in their current butter sculpture, their daughter is also busily engaged with her tongue in Brooke the stripper's mouth, learning how to climax properly. Of course this scene has nothing to do with the butter competition but subconsciously, we as parents may get a chuckle out of the scene but may also choose to ask our pwn teenage children what they have been up to lately.

The butter carving competition heats up and comes down to the championship battle between Laura Pickler and a cute little 10 year old foster child named Destiny. Destiny is played by the very seasoned child actress named Yara Shahidi, most recently known for playing the oldest teenage daughter Zoey Johnson on the hit comedy TV series Black-ish. Now Destiny has found the one thing that she is extremely good at and that is sculpturing butter.

So Mrs. Shullivan was entertained enough such that she stayed up and watched the entire film without falling asleep on the couch or worse yet, abruptly getting up and shuffling off to bed. No Mrs. Shullivan stayed up and when the film ended we agreed that we enjoyed the film but it was the film that ended rather abruptly and not Mrs. Shullivan. I personally felt that the ending came too soon and if I were attempting to draw a parallel I would have to say that I thought I purchased butter, the film only delivered me the lower staple of margarine.

I give the film Butter a decent 6 out of 10 rating. The film is certainly targeted for adults who enjoy a bit of raunchiness with their butter. Children under the age of sixteen (16) should not be watching Butter as the language and some sexually inferred scenes are a bit too raunchy for a younger audience.


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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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