Jim Field Smith's gentle satire Butter stars Jennifer Garner as Laura Pickler, the wife of the longtime winner of a local butter-carving contest. When he decides to bow out of this year's competition, she can't imagine the family not having the title, so she begins to train herself. Her biggest rival turns out to be a young adopted African-American girl named Destiny (Yara Shahidi), who has a natural gift for sculpture. As the competition gets more and more fierce, Laura resorts to drastic measures, convincing an old flame to perform some dirty tricks in order to get the upper hand. Butter screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
The good: it's quirky, funny at times, and silly.
The bad: it's a constant hollywood bashing of conservative values. It's not about being 'thin-skinned' but simply fed up with the never-ending assault on traditional American values.
Don't waste your time - I want my hour and a half back.
i wish i read member reviews before bothering with this movie. after about 20 minutes, i was ready for it to be over with. after Ashley Greene decided to kiss Olivia Wilde, i was done for good. my husband told me we should finish it b/c there was only 30 minutes left and we both didn't change our minds that this movie was horrendous! i saw a tiny story in this movie (the young girl) that was overdone, lost in other crappy stories distracting me from her and the real subject matter of butter carving.
don't waste your time! i really tried to give it a shot but it just didn't deliver much of anything. "gentle satire"? more like big hot mess!
Was in the mood for something light and this was sometimes funny.. It was quite raunchy too, which was not needed and ruined the cuteness of the movie. The actors were good, especially the little girl. Too bad Hollywood wants an R rating which actually holds back a movie from being excellent...
A better title for this movie would be Garbage. I couldn't subject my brain to more than 15 minutes of this before pressing eject. Is anyone else tired of the anti white people comments and subsequent ridiculous portrayals?
wow. I didn't expect this movie to be any sort of intellectual experience, but I actually felt dumber after watching this movie. It was just so slow and dumb and dull, which is too bad because most of the cast is great. Unless you are an expert or a fan of butter carving, don't waste your time.