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Butter (Blu-ray + DVD)
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on August 10, 2016
Note: If you are a Republican/Conservative Christian, you will NOT like this movie. It is a parody of that particular demographic. Read some of the other reviews and you'll see just what I mean.

Another note: why people went into this thinking it would be a family friendly movie or a kids' movie is beyond me. It is rated R - that means not for kids under 17...thus, not a family friendly movie (unless everyone in your family is over 17). Don't knock a movie because you didn't check the rating beforehand.

As for me, I found it to be a cute movie - entertaining enough to hold my attention, with a few very comical moments (cutlets in a very friendly bra). :) Some of the content seemed forced to me (the whole Ashley Green character and plot line), but overall it was a fun, breezy movie that is worth trying. And Jennifer Garner played a great "villian!"
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on July 9, 2017
Yay Iowa! One half star for the movie's depiction of the heartland. Another half star for depicting butter art - who knew?

Now for the four missing stars: All the characters are unlikeable and flat, especially Jennifer Gardner's character. Why doesn't she have children of her own? What's the deal with the stepdaughter? Why doesn't she even care that her husband (a flatly written, simpering milk toast) had a fling with a stripper? Why is she so uptight? The little girl was unbelievable - an orphan tossed from foster family to foster family picks up a knife and carves a scene worthy of Michelangelo, then rises above the adults by her heroic wisdom and forgiveness. The prostitute was a fist-banging stereotype and the message she sent about her cool, fun lifestyle was irresponsible. Sexual scenes were unnecessary and violent; they jarred with the midwestern mediocrity (maybe that was the point?). Cool idea. Lousy movie.
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on July 26, 2017
Butter was in the style of the great movie "Best in Show" and both were laugh out loud funny!!! My only negative comment is that I did not buy the movie! It could have used more butter carvings. I hope there is a "Butter Champion of the U. S." and then "Butter World". I will now be stalking State Fairs in search of butter carvings. It would have been nice for the producers giving screen time to the real butter artist after the film. Prostitute on a bike, hilarious! Parents should watch before showing their kids do to the adult prostitution and stripper storyline. Don't be fooled by the child lead that this is a kiddie movie. Definitely a PG-16 movie.
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on December 30, 2014
Stop-and-go clever, funny and well-performed, though the script falls apart in the clinch. Nevertheless, Jennifer Garner is a wonder in her mildly off-putting role pitting traditional White America against the realities of our multi-cultural society under the guise of a Butter Carving Contest. Reminiscent of "Best in Show", the story is a behind-the-scenes view of ambition and artistic creativity played on a broad stage. Garner gets points for a brave portrayal of a rather unsympathetic character; I'd love to see Mrs. Affleck get more work! Amidst the shenanigans and laughter, the viewer will also be continually amazed at the actual butter sculptures throughout -- oddball masterpieces, just like this little film.
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on June 26, 2016
A really good underappreciated flic. Jennifer Garner is fabulous; Olivia Wilde really steals the show, though, with her Brooke character. The story line is a little predictable, but the performances and the steady pace moves the viewer past that. And there's a little cameo by Hugh Jackman that's really hilarious. I really enjoyed this, and laughed out loud several times. Take a chance on it--it's worth the time.
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on June 25, 2016
The fundamental premise is inherently hilarious; within that context the characters are credible, given the suspension of disbelief appropriate for good fiction; the acting and effects are good. The butter props are outstanding. There are subtle social and interpersonal comments hiding in some of the dialogue. Good comedy mixes in grains of truth here and there - this movie does that. And the otherwise minor character played by Hugh Jackman comes alive. Overall, it is a feel-good movie which will make you laugh.
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on June 15, 2014
An amusing story, although a friend who is from Cedar Rapids felt that it portrays her town as a bunch of country yokels.
Taken in the right light, as a family comedy, this movie is entertaining and fun to watch. One would wish that Jennifer Garner had loosened up a bit more in her portrayal as a highly retentive character. The role called for it, but she did it to the point of being unlikeable, which took away a bit of the fun. If you've never heard of "butter sculpture" (and I hadn't), this is a nice movie to watch on a Sunday evening.
The acting quality is good throughout, but Yara Shahidi (as "Destiny") does a truly outstanding job. Hope to see more of this talented young actress.
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on June 23, 2016
Though it's certainly not in the league of "To Die For" or "Election" both films about the ruthless ambition for a tiny and trivial victory.( Sayres Law" "In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake.") certainly holds.

This film is a gentle mock of Norman Rockwells concept of honesty and truthful striving and success. Without dipping into feel good treacle, it makes it's point without too much preaching.

Some of the vignettes (the Hooker with a heart of stone and the bored suburban teenager) are neat in a skit format.

Overall a good movie. Not great,but certainly OK.
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on June 26, 2016
Like most Americans I have been mildly fascinated by the "butter sculptures" we have heard about at the Iowa State Fair. This fun little story gave us a chance to see what they really are while enjoying a new slant on Jennifer Garner as she tries to bully a cute little girl who challenges her in the butter carving contest. Fun to watch. Hard to remember all of it when it is over.
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on July 3, 2016
It's a good movie, I'll give it that. However, it had a more serious tone than what I was expecting. I started it up wanting to laugh the night away and lo and behold, I hardly laughed at all. Yet I did sit through a very well put together movie; acting and directing was very good as well as the score and cinematography. I gave it a four because it is a good movie. But it you saw the trailers and thought "Maybe I'll check this out because it looks like it's a funny movie'" don't. And if you think that since it's set in Iowa that most of the characters are wholesome, don't. It's not a family film and it's rated R for a reason!
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