By: Aparnna Hajirnis (Three Beers) –
Butter, directed by Jim Field Smith, follows an ambitious woman, Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), who is married to Iowa’s reigning butter sculpting champ Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), but decides to enter the race on her own when he retires. She’s the shoo-in until an adopted young black girl, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), discovers she has an uncanny talent for butter-carving and becomes a late-breaking favorite.
This is Butttaaaaah!
The movie is a political satire and is open to perceptions. The movie has a faint background of the Clinton-Obama Presidential campaign. Wherein due to a “scandal” the wife of the sculpting champ decides to run for the contest “in his place” against “a young black orphaned girl”. It’s extremely funny to watch Jennifer Garner as a preppy woman who is cut-throat competitive and would stop at nothing to achieve her goal. She is shown to run a pretty tight ship in her house. The movie is entirely pulled by Jennifer Garner and provides a spoonful of laugh out loud gags, like the scene where her husband is shown in a car with a hooker and she T-bangs the car. And she’ll do whatever she has to – including seduce a dim-bulb car dealer (Hugh Jackman) – to ensure that her sculpture of the John F. Kennedy assassination wins. Young, Yara Shahidi, who plays the role of the foster child, has done a decent job, though we wished to have seen her character more developed and with more dialogue. Her expressions were all that seemed to have done the work.
The movie has a sub –plot consisting of the daughter of the Picklers being gay, played by Ashley Greene (Kaitlin Pikler). This character IMHO is a total waste of a character. She hardly has any screen time. The only gag we get from her screen time is that she sleeps with the same hooker Brooke (Olivia Wilde).
If only I had hooked with her before my dad.
The cameos by Hugh Jackman and Alicia Silverstone are not well developed. Seasoned actors like Hugh and Alicia shouldn’t have attempted roles that could very well have landed them a Razzie nomination. Olivia Wilde, who plays a hooker, is almost believable as a gold digger, but towards the end her change of heart and using her booty call money to buy knives for Destiny was a bit too implausible.
Someone take these knives away from me!
This movie is definitely a Razzie material. You can very well give this film a miss.
Take a Drink: every time Jennifer Garner says “I have to win this contest”.
Take a Drink: every time Olivia Wilde finds different ways to get back her booty call money.
Take a Drink: every time Jennifer Garner gives out a stone cold and constipated look.