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
If your sense of humor leans favorably toward satire, and you have a sense of local politics, you'll love this movie. After reading the lousy reviews submitted here, we were skeptical going in but ended up laughing out loud on a regular basis. It is well written, the lines are delivered on time and appropriately, and the actors all do a great job. These are good actors, too, who didn't have to do this type of comedy, but they followed through and turned it into a sleeper hit. As long as you don't take this comedy too seriously, you will enjoy it as we did!
My husband and I both enjoyed this movie much more than we expected to. I rented it only because I am a Jennifer Garner fan, and this movie was funny/edgy/serious in ways I never expected. I would definitely watch it again.
This movie was totally cute. I felt like it was entertaining if you go into it realizing that it's kind of a tongue-in-cheek movie. Jennifer Garner's character was a bit over the top, but couldn't have been played any other way. Although I could have done without her whiny voice, I felt overall the movie was entertaining and made me want to see what happened at the end.
I would like a button with which I could flag the spammers here. That being said, this movie is truly awful. It is guilty of the worst crime a "comedy/satire" can commit: it is achingly boring and unfunny. And if you love your family and are devoted to them, it is also disrespectful and condescending towards you. What a waste.
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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.