(1,844)6.21 h 30 min2012X-RayR
HD. Scandal, greed, blackmail, and sex are the ingredients of this wicked satire set in the world of Iowa butter-carving contests.
Jim Field Smith
Jennifer GarnerTy BurrellOlivia Wilde
English [CC]
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Rob CorddryAshley GreeneAlicia SilverstoneYara ShahidiHugh Jackman
Kelly CarmichaelBen OrmandMichael De LucaJennifer Garner
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Elisabeth BinghamReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not for Christians
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I stopped just past half-way, when *spoiler alert!* the daughter was having sex with the dad's stripper. The dad had already cheated on the mom and the mom was at that moment cheating on the dad (with a man who was cheating on his wife), so of course the underage daughter needed to get some lesbian action...

There is racism going both ways and back-stabbiness, and profanity, too. I gave two stars for the fabulous actors (who should have more self-respect/dignity/integrity) - it's an "everyone's in this" kinda thing. And man, assuming it's real, that's some impressive butter sculpturing! And I'm glad the little girl was pursuing her dreams/talent AND being supported in doing so, but...

100% DON'T RECOMMEND cuz either you won't be cool with it or you shouldn't be. (Yeah, I'm that person who's willing to decide for you if you have no moral compass.)
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billyzReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not the hollywood truth drop of a Norma Rae but interesting to watch from a modern lens.
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Most people now can see how much their mask has slipped, but wow were they blatant in this movie from 10 years ago. Nothing in one of their productions is on accident and scene after scene they just can't help themselves from inserting dialog or a symbol to belittle and dehumanizing the people that they hate.
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AnonnymouseReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Delightfully pokes fun at pretentious people while sending a great message
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This is a fantastic movie. It's all about who can build the best butter sculpture in a town that is known for the craft. The sculptures are a great source of pride in the community. For the last 15 years,Tom Pickler,
owner of Red Ribbon Butter has been the winner of the Johnson County Mastery in Butter competition. He is the king of butter sculpting. One day he is asked to step aside so that other people have a chance to become the best butter artist. The winning sculpture will be displayed at the State Fair. Tom steps aside, opening door for a wonderful cast of characters.

All of the competitors are women, and the diversity among them is about as far apart as it gets.

Each character brings something important to the table. Each character exposes human frailty and hypocrisy. And each character teaches us lessons about ourselves.

It was personally gratifying to watch this movie because it celebrates so many important things.
1. the endless hope of children to be loved and have their dreams come true.
2. You don't have to be a great artist to acquire respect simply based on your efforts.
3. It roots out the things people try to hide that shows we are all human.
4. It blows holes in the holier than thou, pretentious behavior of super competitive, entitled people who can't stand to lose or be bettered in any way.
5. Plus, it has good comedy.

Everybody gets a positive life lesson that you don't get from living in your own bubble. That is why I love this movie. Kudos to all the actors for great performances.
Caroline RushbyReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
It is simple and yet it does carry a message
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If you are a fan of something plain and simple; then this is a movie to watch to relax. It does have a profound message embedded in it and I hope you find it as I did. Jennifer is not exactly in her best movie here but the one that steals the show is the little girl and Olivia Wilde (playing a stripper character). So, because the overall thing is the message of the movie I have rated it a four instead of a three and because the little girl and Silverstone playing her mother really got to me. This is a chick flick so kindly bear that in mind and perhaps you may find the message more powerful and give it a higher rate. Hugh Jackman does a small appearance and it is funny (there is a scene where he is praying that some may find has no taste at all, I simply found it hilarious, could not stop laughing when he appeared in this movie playing a silly character). Only for that scene or the one where the little girl does something very humane and profound I definitely urge you to check this one out. Thanks.
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errin spellingReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
very well made ,humorous heartwarming film
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it's better the second time, when you watch with someone you love. I saw this at the theatre , when it came out. they are having fun, or making a joke of people , who are actually like this. it isn't so funny, if you know narcissistic people like this. when the little girl asks her foster parents for butter and tells him she needs 200 pounds, that is priceless.
they show this in the trailer, for the movie. the first time, I thought the movie was boring, but when someone explains it's a lot better. margarine would be less expensive, but too soft.
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MZReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Very Uneven; Sorry I watched it
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The movie sounded interesting and learning that they have butter sculpting competitions was fascinating, but some elements of this movie were just awful. I'm a big fan of Jennifer Garner, and this is the only movie I've seen of hers that I regretted watching. Her character is truly, truly messed up. And the subplot with the stripper? So unnecessary. And why did Hugh Jackman accept the role he played? Ugh. I wish it had focused more on the talent of the little girl and the competition. That was the true gold, and it was mostly ignored.
SebrinaReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious for Adults, but IS NOT FOR KIDS UNDER 16 years old
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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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ShellReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow...that was awesome!
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This movie is so good! The writing, the acting, the plot.....all of it. Completely different than what I expected. I thought it could be kind of funny, but it was much more than that. Quirky and quite touching too. I highly recommend watching this. I watched it for free with ads, but I would have payed full price at a movie theater for this without hesitation.
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