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Director: Jim Field Smith

Cast: Jim Field Smith, Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene


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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 biggestSee more details below


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.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Jim Field Smith's mild political satire Butter is a thinly veiled spoof of the 2008 race for the Democratic presidential nomination between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, transplanted to a quirky contest in America's heartland. The movie stars Jennifer Garner as Laura Pickler, the high-strung wife of local superstar Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), who has won the town's annual butter-carving contest every year he's competed in it. Bob is a legend thanks to his prowess in the event, but this year he decides he's done with it and gives his highly ambitious wife the chance to step into the spotlight. She enters the competition, in part out of her own outsized need to win, and also to get back at Bob for his endless string of infidelities that she's quietly lived with throughout their marriage. With her stiff posture, pinched mouth, and driven-by-sheer-tenacity glare, Laura Pickler will remind many of recent right-wing presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann. However, she also resembles Hillary not only due to the allusions to Bill Clinton's hounddog past, but because Laura's biggest adversary turns out to be a preternaturally even-tempered, elementary-school-age, adopted black girl named Destiny (Yara Shahidi). At that point, the events of 2008 echo loudly. Annoying Laura even further, a third party enters the contest in the form of Brooke Swinkowski (Olivia Wilde), Bob Pickler's sexiest and most persistent mistress. Unable to accept that she might not be victorious, Laura resorts to drastic and unethical measures to win, including calling on the services of an unscrupulous ex-boyfriend (Hugh Jackman). The script by first-time screenwriter Jason Micallef certainly has originality in its favor. The unique collision of offbeat Christopher Guest-inspired small-town insanity and insistent (though never explicit) political satire makes it difficult to know what twists and turns are coming. In addition, Smith's direction is solid, getting laughs out of the various jokes and giving the actors room to be as broad as something this silly requires without making them overly cartoonish -- "overly" being the key word. There are laughs to be had throughout Butter thanks to the fine work by the cast: Shahidi has a wonderful face and delivers a number of monologues with winning ease, Garner's control-freak meltdowns are a kick, Rob Corddry finally gets to play something other than an obnoxious jackass as Destiny's dad, Wilde is heart-stoppingly sexy, and Burrell turns Bob into a himbo of the highest comedic order. If only Butter added up to a little more, all of their fine work would have coalesced into something much better. It settles for cute when it could have had more bite, and it aims for amusing when it had hilarious in its sights.

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[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

gag reel; Deleted and extended scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Garner Laura,Laura Pickler
Olivia Wilde Brooke
Ashley Greene Kaitlen,Kaitlen Pickler
Hugh Jackman Boyd Bolton
Alicia Silverstone Jill,Julie Emmet
Ty Burrell Bob Pickler
Yara Shahidi Destiny
Rob Corddry Ethan,Ethan Emmet
Kristen Schaal Carol-Ann,Carol-Ann Stevenson
Phyllis Smith Nancy
Garrett Schenk Orval Flanagan
Andrew Daly Announcer
Judy Leavell Helen Flanagan
Joe Chrest Butter Fan
Deanna Ricks Butter Fan's Wife
Kelly Tippens Mrs. Moore
Dodie Brown June Carmichael
Jeanne Evans Mrs. Gunderson
Cindy Creekmore Danielle Mattingly
Christine Scheller Transitional Home Assistant
Brett Hill Hayden
Corena Chase Miss Schram
Mark Oliver Martina Caswell
Pruitt Taylor Vince Ned Eaton

Technical Credits
Jim Field Smith Director
Carmen Cuba Casting
Michael De Luca Producer
Jennifer Garner Producer
Louisa Gore Makeup
Josh Hakian Special Effects Supervisor
Juliana Janes Executive Producer
Jason Micallef Screenwriter
Ed Novick Sound Mixer
Benjamin Ormand Executive Producer
Alissa Phillips Producer
Greg Richman Art Director
Lisa Satriano Asst. Director
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Butter
1. Scene 1 [3:56]
2. Scene 2 [4:32]
3. Scene 3 [5:31]
4. Scene 4 [5:23]
5. Scene 5 [8:04]
6. Scene 6 [7:08]
7. Scene 7 [4:40]
8. Scene 8 [9:18]
9. Scene 9 [7:51]
10. Scene 10 [6:38]
11. Scene 11 [6:32]
12. Scene 12 [4:27]
13. Scene 13 [6:33]
14. Scene 14 [1:46]
15. Scene 15 [1:50]
16. Scene 16 [6:09]

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