The Weinstein Company has released the trailer for Butter, the comedy starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Alicia Silverstone, Ty Burrell, Yara Shahidi, Ashley Greene and Olivia Wilde. The film will be available On Demand on September 7 before hitting theaters on October 5.
Set in the highly competitive world of championship butter carving, Butter blends social commentary, outrageous comedy and heartfelt drama in telling the story of the ambitious Laura Pickler (Garner), the self-anointed First Lady of Butter Carving. Refusing to accept that her husband (Burrell) wants to step down after his 15-year run as the “Iowa State Butter Carving Champion,” and therefore end the Pickler family's reign in the spotlight, Laura takes a stab at the title herself. But her bid for glory is complicated when two unlikely contestants enter the race – one, her husband's hard-living mistress (Wilde), and the other a 10-year-old foster child named Destiny (Shahidi). Enlisting the help of her high school sweetheart, Boyd (Jackman), Laura will stop at nothing to be crowned champion, even if it means resorting to sabotage. Part political satire, part Capra-esque comedy, Butter is a story about what it means to win at all costs and against all odds.
Looks pretty good. The beginning of the trailer seems kind of Christopher Guest-esque.
This movie should be available on demand starting tomorrow, even though it doesn't come out in theaters until October 5th. After the success of "Bachelorette" on Itunes, it seems like they are going to be releasing more and more of the smaller, more independent comedies this way. I almost feel like they could have done this with "Celeste & Jesse Forever" too, it wasn't really a movie that demanded being seen in the theater.
This was OK. The tone of it was more like "Election" than a Christopher Guest movie. The satire in it wasn't exactly subtle; Jennifer Garner's character was an obvious stand-in for Sarah Palin, and the movie never tires of hammering this joke down your throat in various ways. The fact that it's a black little girl (named "Destiny"!) that eventually defeats her was pretty obvious too. Despite this, the movie has some funny moments. Rob Corddry has some funny scenes with the little girl (including one in a car that seems like it was improvised, which continues into the closing credits blooper reel), and Olivia Wilde was actually the funniest I've ever seen her in anything. It's pretty obvious this is a movie that's been sitting around for a while that they didn't really know what to do with though (the climactic scene takes place at the "2010 Butter Carving Competition"). I thought it was better all in all than "Bachelorette" though.