Friday, November 23, 2012

Arriving on DVD and Blu-Ray, Dec. 4th -- Butter, Starring Jennifer Garner (Review)


"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."

My Thoughts:

Who knew that a movie about butter carving could be so good. :-)  This was another movie we watched after pigging out on our turkey dinner yesterday.  Not sure if it was a good idea to watch after eating all the food we did, but it was really entering.  I have been a fan of Jennifer Garner's for years, and recently became a fan of Ty Burrell, who appears on the popular television series, Modern Family. 

In this movie, they play husband and wife, who live and breath butter carving.  After Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell) is told he is unable to compete to keep his reigning butter sculptor title, his wife steps in and decides she will be compete.  Laura (Jennifer Garner) is a very competitive person, and you expect her to be a shoe win, based upon her experience and history with these types of competitions.  That is until a young foster child, Destiny decides to take up this unique hobby and throw her hat into the ring.  Laura is appalled that someone wants to compete against her, and doesn't care if she is a child.  All she sees is the blue ribbon for first place.

Fans of Olivia Wilde, who played Thirteen on the hit television series, House, will be surprised at the role she plays in this film.  She, too, decides to enter the contest, not because she wants to be crowned champion, but just because she doesn't want to see Laura win.  This film will have you laughing and wondering how people get into the butter carving hobby in the first place.  I was amazed at the intricate designs that they could make out of butter.  Don't worry, I am not going to spoil the ending and tell you won the title of champion butter sculptor.  You will just have pick up a copy of the film and watch, to find out for yourself.  Just know that you will be entertained and happy to gave a movie about butter sculpting a chance.  I know I am! :-)

Make sure you watch the bonus features, which include a hilarious gag reel, along with deleted and extended scenes. These clips alone with have you laughing.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this movie from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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