Butter Completed over a year ago when Sarah Palin was more of a phenom and less of a footnote, this rancid political comedy imagines a butter-carving… Butter Completed over a year ago when Sarah Palin was more of a phenom and less of a footnote, this rancid political comedy imagines a butter-carving… 2012-10-05 R PT92M Drama Ty Burrell Jennifer Garner The Weinstein Company
Movie Review

Butter (2012)

MPAA Rating: R
SLIPPERY SLOPE Jennifer Garner has a talent for carving in Butter
Image credit: Steve Dietl
SLIPPERY SLOPE Jennifer Garner has a talent for carving in Butter
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Limited Release: Oct 05, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 92 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Ty Burrell and Jennifer Garner; Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Completed over a year ago when Sarah Palin was more of a phenom and less of a footnote, this rancid political comedy imagines a butter-carving showdown between a pageant-pretty, scheming, conservative wife (Jennifer Garner, incorporating Palin-esque mannerisms to play a Mean Girl) and a talented, open-minded African-American foster child (Yara Shahidi). Any allusions to the former governor of Alaska and Barack Obama are, I'm guessing, intentional — and every joke falls flat. Self-righteous and smug in its use of heartland stereotypes, the movie backfires by assuming that its intended liberal audience is just as intolerant and condescending as the conservative opposition insists it is. (Available on VOD; in theaters Oct. 5) D+

Originally posted Sep 19, 2012 Published in issue #1226 Sep 28, 2012 Order article reprints