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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.



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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

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Ty Burrell
as Bob Pickler
Hugh Jackman
as Boyd Bolton
Yara Shahidi
as Destiny
Kristen Schaal
as Carol-Ann
Garrett Schenk
as Orval Flanagan
Andrew Daly
as Announcer
Judy Leavell
as Helen Flanagan
Joe Chrest
as Butter Fan
Deanna Ricks
as Butter Fan's Wife
Kelly Tippens
as Mrs. Moore
Dodie Brown
as June Carmichael
Jeanne Evans
as Mrs. Gunderson
Cindy Creekmore
as Danielle Mattingly
Christine Scheller
as Transitional Home Assistant
Brett Hill
as Hayden
Corena Chase
as Miss Schram
Mark Oliver
as Martina Caswell
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Critic Reviews for Butter

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (24)

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

Oct 5, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Oct 5, 2012 | Full Review…

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

Oct 5, 2012 | Full Review…

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

Oct 5, 2012 | Rating: 1/4

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.

Oct 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Oct 5, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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

Cynthia S.
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
Manu Gino

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"What a fun quirky film. You never know what your going to get with an indie flick. In this one you get a butter sculptor, crazy stepford wife, a stripper, lesbian daughter (getting some lesbian action for you gals and guys who enjoy that stuff), an orphan, and a hillbilly car dealer. Yes, all in one movie. If that doesn't draw you to this movie like a fly to an electric bug zapper (I'm not going to pretend I know what those are formally called), I don't know what would. I liked it. It was funny. I laughed even more when they showed the blooper reel at the ending. My favorite being of Olivia eating shit on the bike. Good times."


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