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Butter (Blu-ray + DVD)

3.5 out of 5 stars 1,392 customer reviews

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In Iowa, butter carving is as cut-throat as a Presidential election, plagued with scandal, greed, blackmail, and sex -- except with butter! When long-reigning champion butter sculptor, Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), is forced to step down, his zealous wife, Laura (Jennifer Garner) enters the competition herself, to fight for their status as butter royalty. A win seems virtually guaranteed for the poised and studied candidate when a formidable contender emerges: the fresh-faced, effortlessly charismatic 10-year-old Destiny (Yara Shahidi), an African-American foster child of local couple, Jill and Ethan (Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry). Suddenly, it's anybody's game and Laura will do anything to win -- even if it means resorting to sabotage and seducing her foolish ex-boyfriend Boyd (Hugh Jackman) as a co-conspirator.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Greene, Olivia Wilde
  • Directors: Jim Field Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,392 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009IV2ZAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,899 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I don't know why I was surprised at how good this film is. The actors are all top-notch, the story is completely different, and the "heart-warming-ness" isn't too sickening sweet. I guess the fact that it's playing in theaters while I rented it online threw me: only stinkers get rented out as soon as they're released. I hadn't heard beans about this movie, so clearly the studio wasn't happy with it. Still, I liked it. It reminded me of "Best In Show", with its single-minded, nut-job characters, but it was also a lovely little story of finding love & family. It could have been a good "family" movie if they'd cut the few sex-related scenes which really added nothing to the film & could have been simply alluded to. But sex sells, right? Nevertheless, rent the movie, it's fun.
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Bob (Ty Burrell) has been the Iowa state butter sculptor champion for 15 years straight, making fine sculptures such as "The Last Supper" and "Newt on a Horse." The state fair has politely asked him to step aside and let someone else win. His overly straight, June Clever clone, wife Laura (Jennifer Garner) with a foul mouth objects and decides to carry on the family tradition and enter the contest herself. Her step daughter is excellently played by Ashley Greene. Bob seeks comfort in a stripper/prostitute (Olivia Wilde) who gets involved with the contest and also has some great swagger music.

Meanwhile a young 10 year old African-American girl, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), is bounced around foster homes. She is overly mature and has taken a shine to butter sculpturing, which her foster parents (Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry) encourage, but think is a bit odd. I think you can guess the where this competition is going.

The film is exceedingly funny as it satirizes American life, yet at the same time has heart without being too drippy or a chick flick. The script had great characters, even minor characters such as Carol Ann played by the always comical Kristen Schaal. A great film for the adults, and might make a good date night flick. The end has a blooper reel. The outtakes and extended scenes are worth a peek, but not as good as the main feature.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, sex, girl/girl action. No nudity.
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Quirky and almost satirical. Not the best flick ever, but I did not turn it off mid-way through and laughed and cried in some places. Olivia Wilde is the best thing in the movie, and not just because she is gorgeous. Her character has some complexity to it while the other adults in the film are very one dimensional. Jennifer Warner as a villain makes her on again off again thing with Ben Affleck more easily understood, but otherwise, this was not one of her more appealing roles.The narrator is a delightful young "girl of color" played by the very experienced Yara Shahidi, who has a sub-text of "white people are weird" running through the movie that some people may not appreciate, while it may be a drawing point for others. Her scenes with Olivia Wilde make the movie worth watching.
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Since this was free with Prime, we put this on without reading the reviews first. BIG mistake! Skip this tasteless movie, and go for something entertaining instead of debased and audience insulting. I absolutely hated this movie and will be wary of anything else made by Radius because of it.
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Dark, witty comedy with great character developement, laugh out loud moments and just the right amount of seriousness with some good heartstring tugging moments. Stellar cast that really shines and steps outside their usual "typecast" roles in this surprisngly good movie. Rob Corddry, Jennifer Gardner, Olivia Wilde = Great performances! Give it a whirl. I don't think you will be disappointed.
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My takeaway from watching this is that big stars do not make a big movie. The writing was pretty awful as the plot moved from one stupid situation to another. The overall theme is a typical one from Hollywood: Midwesterners are stupid at best and hypocritical at worst.

Despite the amoral bumbling of all but one of the main characters, a satisfying ending occurred. Was that worth watching it? Probably not.
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As a native, former Iowan (Des Moines) and a regular Fair attendee, the whole ethos of the butter competition was very familiar and nostalgic. What a dark comedic and satirical treatment of one of the sacred cows (no pun intended) of Iowa farm and fair lore and tradition. I was howling with delight. However, I must tell you that Iowans, in general, are far too literate and shrewd to take themselves and their traditions so seriously, so enjoy this romp and be moved by the absolutely astonishing and moving performance of Yara Shahidi (Destiny), the young foster child whose life is so typical of many in the system who only need a little luck to soar! Garner is amazing as is Rob Corddry, Destiny's foster parent, who provides so much love and support, even though his incredulity at the whole butter thing is strained to the limit. It is a wild and zany ride that lands big truths about human nature and the human condition and the insatiable need for some for celebrity at ANY cost.
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The quick description blurb for this film (on the Amazon Instant Video page for it) describes this film shortly as:

"Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, and Olivia Wilde star as unlikely rivals who will do whatever it takes to beat the competition in this quirky and outrageous comedy about love, sex, winning, and most of all, butter."

If that was the only thing I knew about this film, then I must admit that I'd really probably be inclined to just look right past it.

Thankfully and luckily, I saw a write-up noting that the Blu-ray release for this film had been scheduled over on another site that I frequent that provides a lot of information on HighDef video releases (in Digest format). When I saw the list of stars and read the description of the film that was there, my interest was piqued despite the thought that I'd be watching a movie that was "only about butter carving". Hah! Only about butter carving, as if.

This film is about so much more and really I'd love to sit and try to describe it all in detail but at the same time I really don't want to spoil this film at all as I think it deserves to be seen without having been ruined in advance. Spoiled Butter just wouldn't satisfy ;-)

Jennifer Garner would seem to be the main star here and she does take home top billing, but by the end of the film you'll be thinking that this film was much more the sum of the parts rather than just one individual star. Garner's Laura Pickler character has designs on riding out her "First lady of butter carving" status to get to the upper stratosphere of society. Surely she can parlay her husband's (Ty Burrell's Bob Pickler) championship status into greater things, with the couple's "Camp Butter" being just the beginning.
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