• Butter (2012)


Release Date: October 5th, 2012

DVD Release Date: December 4th, 2012

R |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

For many years, Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) has relished the prestige and admiration afforded her as the wife of Iowa's longtime butter-carving champion, Bob (Ty Burrell). When Bob is pressured to retire from competition so that someone else has a chance at victory, Laura decides to enter the contest herself. But, when three formidable opponents also enter the fray, Laura vows to win at any cost, including recruiting her stupid ex-boyfriend (Hugh Jackman) for a bit of sabotage.

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Phyllis Smith, Kristen Schaal

Director: Jim Field Smith

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Michael De Luca, Vandalia Films

Distributors: Weinstein Co.

Keywords: 2010s , Heartwarming , Rivalry , Small town , Transformation , Husband , Underdog ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    John AndersonWall Street Journal

    The film grows increasingly mirthful as the characters come into focus, and the casting is the key: Ms. Garner, who also helped produce the film, has a gift for catty roles, and Ms. Wilde is so funny she should play hookers all the time. show more

  • 65

    Butter thrives on skewering characters whose self-importance isolates them completely from the consequences of their actions. And while the film's perspective is distinctly liberal, providing several thinly veiled criticisms of conservative politicians, nearly everyone (except Destiny) is guilty of something. show more

  • 50
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    The chance for delicious satire melts away quickly in Butter, a spoof without oomph. show more

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