Duck Butter

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Duck Butter has a pair of compelling leads and a refreshing female-driven perspective, but its story is ultimately too thin to support a feature-length production.



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When Naima (Alia Shawkat, "Search Party") and Sergio (Laia Costa, Victoria ) meet at a club, they hit it off instantly, connecting over their disdain for the dishonesty they have experienced in their respective romantic relationships. High on their fast chemistry, the two women concoct a romantic experiment: They plan to spend the next 24 hours together, having sex on the hour. Above all, they commit to perfect honesty with each other, a theoretical remedy to the deceit they believe to be an element of modern relationships. But their relationship in a vacuum doesn't go as planned, and soon the weight of their commitment begins to close in, threatening the ideals of the daylong experiment and their chances for a romantic future tomorrow. The latest film from Miguel Arteta, the director behind Beatriz at Dinner, The Good Girl and Chuck & Buck, Duck Butter is a blistering look at intimacy in a pressure cooker. Co-written by Shawkat and executive produced by the Duplass Brothers, the film offers a searing interrogation of modern romance, with all its dizzying highs and heartbreaking betrayals, all packed into an intense 24 hours.


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  • The director, Miguel Arteta (who co-wrote the script with Shawkat), finds no symbolic dimension or wider resonance in the schematic proceedings.

    May 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It feels like we're seeing the director's cut of an IKEA commercial.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An instant classic... a truly fresh and modern relationship movie, a portrait of two women who collide, spectacularly, for a moment in time.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Just like what Naima and Sergio are doing, the movie is itself an impulsive, fleeting relationship experiment with mixed results.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As appealing as Shawkat and Laia Costa are, the material isn't strong enough to captivate for the full 90 minutes the way it does during the first 30.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If you can step outside of your comfort zone, like Shawkat and Costa demonstrate with their brazen performances, this is worth a watch.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Lena Wilson

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