Opening in theatres this Friday from director Jim Field Smith and Weinstein Company comes a tale of art with love and a little BUTTER.
This film tells the story of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) who is married to Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), the town famous butter sculptor. Laura is very proud to be married to Bob and to be Mom to Kaitlen (Ashley Greene) working hard to make sure their place in fame is unfettered and unchallenged.
Then there is Destiny (Yara Shahidi), an orphaned ten-year-old African American girl who doesn’t yet know where her place is in the world. What she does know after visiting a county fair is that she wants to sculpt in butter.
Laura is horrified when the town asks Bob to step down and let someone else try to win and represent their town at the County Fair. Bob is fine with it but Laura is going to do what she must to be the one to represent the town.
Destiny is one again placed in another home with Julie Emmet (Alicia Silverstone) and husband Ethan (Rob Corrdry) who encourage Destiny to excel at anything she wants to. When Destiny tells Ethan what she wants to do with butter, he actually is quite thrilled by the idea.
However Bob has been busy with other things. When Brooke Swinkowski (Olivia Wilde), the local heart-of-gold stripper who wants to be taken care of by Bob, is rejected – all hell breaks loose!
As the time approaches, the mayhem is on only to wait and see who will take home the prize!
FINAL WORD: Garner is wickedly funny as Laura Pickler. I don’t think I’ve seen that much pressed cotton, vintage dressed, coiffed hair and pearl necklaces since the first season of DESPERATE HOUSEWIFES. Accept in Laura’s case she has an insatiable need to be right and perfect – at everything. She will also take down anyone who gets in the way of her goal!
Burrell is the accepting husband Bob who just wants a simple life. But, with a wife like Laura sometimes you need to let loose – perhaps not however at the local club. Wilde as Brooke has no censor or bounds when it comes to getting what she wants as well. Making the Pickler family pay is a high goal indeed.
Greene as Kaitlen Pickler has an odd relationship going on with Wilde’s character – all in the name of upsetting her parents as much as possible. Schaal as Carol-Ann is just simply and delightfully empty headed – period.
Silverstone as Julie is endearing with a fear that she won’t be accepted by Destiny. The mother instinct in her eventually makes an appearance. Corddry as Ethan is hilarious! My favorite scene is with Destiny in the car right before she signs up for the contest and they describe what the worst things that could happen were – hilarious and so lovely.
Last, and certainly not least is the young Shahidi as Destiny. Here is a young girl in a town of some seriously off centered human beings yet she embraces it with the hope there is something greater waiting for her. Even as she goes from home to home she doesn’t expect anything from anyone that they are not honestly giving. In other words this kid can sense bull from a mile away. She is a wonderful actress!
Other cast includes: Kristen Schaal as Carol-Ann Stevenson, Pruitt Taylor Vince as Ned Eaten, Phyllis Smith as Nancy, Dodie Brown as June Carmichael, Mark Oliver as Martin Caswell and an appearance by Hugh Jackman as Boyd Bolton.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give BUTTER three tubs of popcorn out of five. Yes it is twisted, different, a little off the beaten path and held up with camp and stereotypes – what’s the point? The point is it is hilarious and pretty much how many people I know really are in small towns. Not trying to offend anyone here but come to my small hometown and it will be an, ‘ahhhhh, yes, I see what you mean’ moment in life.
The cast is really well put together and fun which really does help the story come together well. This is a quirkly film and if you accept it as such believe me the laughs will follow.
In the end – there is going to be a melt down!