Butter (2012)



Critic Consensus: Despite its talented cast and a few funny moments, Butter's satirical aims are largely undone by a lack of subtlety and air of smugness.

Movie Info

Butter follows an ambitious woman (Jennifer Garner) who is married to Iowa's reigning butter sculpting champ (Ty Burrell) but decides to enter the race on her own when he retires. She's the shoo-in until an adopted young black girl (Yara Shahidi) discovers she has an uncanny talent for butter-carving and becomes a late-breaking favorite. -- (C) Weinstein

Rating: R (for language and sexual content and bried drug use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jason A. Micallef
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 4, 2012
Box Office: $70.9k
Weinstein Company - Official Site


as Bob Pickler

as Boyd Bolton

as Destiny

as Carol-Ann

as Orval Flanagan

as Announcer

as Helen Flanagan

as Butter Fan

as Butter Fan's Wife

as Mrs. Moore

as June Carmichael

as Mrs. Gunderson

as Danielle Mattingly

as Transitional Home As...

as Hayden

as Miss Schram

as Martina Caswell
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Critic Reviews for Butter

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (24)

A wicked Midwest satire with razor blades stashed beneath its bright candy-apple surface.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Top Critic

Hardly the high-priced spread, this condescending comedy about Middle America will score with some audiences and put off others.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Plays like one long, slow descent into cloying moralizing and uplift that's well past its expiration date.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

The movie's entire superior attitude is kind of annoying.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

We're still just scratching the surface of witty, provocative humor as long as envelope-pushing directors such as Jim Field Smith continue to find work.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

At times, the Midwestern satire "Butter" is almost funny, and in its honor I almost laughed.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Butter


Who knew butter could be so interesting. Lol. This kind of reminded me of "Election". Jennifer Garner's overachieving character definitely had a Tracey Flick vibe to her. Bitching, backstabbing, a scheming hooker, what's not to like in this very black little comedy drama.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Cute, and witty. Really well done. Excellent cast. Perfect Sunday afternoon movie....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

There's going to be a meltdown.

Good decent movie! Butter is a delightful little comedy that has most of its best jokes in the trailer but still manages to make you smile throughout. I'll admit, when I watched this I didn't have particularly high hopes. The film's strength is its short run-time. At a little over 80 minutes, the film opens up quick, makes you chuckle and sometimes laugh, and wraps up before you worry about its problems. It is necessary for me to address these problems but I honestly didn't care much for them. I had a lot of fun watching it.

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?

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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