Jennifer Garner and Olivia Wilde take you inside the world of competitive butter carving in this new trailer
If it was not for the fact that this website reviewed BUTTER at TIFF back in 2011, I would not believe it was a real movie. Setting a film in the world of competitive butter carving sounds like a joke. But, who would have thought BEST IN SHOW would have turned out to be as funny a movie as it was.
The new trailer for BUTTER focuses the attention squarely on Jennifer Garner's uptight housewife and Olivia Wilde's sexy trashy stripper who happens to be sleeping with Garner's husband, played by Ty Burrell. Throw in Hugh Jackman, Kristen Schaal, Alicia Silverstone, Ashley Greene, and Rob Corddry and you have the makings of a darkly funny movie.
Plot: The setting: a closely watched contest in Iowa, the heartland of America and, to some, the bellwether of the nation. Initially, a win seems all but assured for the poised candidate with the famous name and a family legacy to claim. But then, the twist: a rival emerges, fresh-faced, appealing, effortlessly charismatic. Suddenly, it’s anybody’s game. Hillary Rodham Clinton vs. Barack Obama? Mitt Romney vs. Michelle Bachman? No. Wrong contest. A tale of competition at its most cut-throat, BUTTER surveys the raw ambition of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa’s long-reigning champion butter carver. For 15 years, Laura has relished her high-profile role as the beautiful, loyal helpmate to her affable, artistically gifted husband. But when Bob is pressured to retire and allow someone else a chance at glory, an indignant Laura decides to enter the competition herself. She is first in line on sign-up day, only to see her odds of victory fall below 100% with the arrival of an unlikely yet formidable contender: 10-year-old Destiny (Yara Shahidi), the African-American foster child of local couple Julie and Ethan (Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry). And that’s not all. Bob’s would-be mistress, bad-girl stripper Brooke (Olivia Wilde) also declares her candidacy, as does his #1 fan, Carol-Ann (Kristen Schaal). Facing three opponents, mocked by her stepdaughter Kaitlen (Ashley Greene) and furious with her husband, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to win. And if that means resorting to sabotage – and recruiting her dim-witted former boyfriend Boyd (Hugh Jackman) as a co-conspirator – then so be it. In the tradition of BEST IN SHOW and ELECTION, BUTTER can be enjoyed as a straightforward, albeit merrily twisted, comedy about American life and culture. But Laura Pickler probably wouldn’t be surprised if the liberal media views BUTTER as a veiled commentary on the larger world of politics. BUTTER is directed by Jim Field Smith from a screenplay by Jason Micallef.
The trailer definitely has a political tone to it and the film could work as a metaphor for American politics. Our review of the film was not very good, but maybe it would be worth a shot on demand or DVD.
If anything, seeing Olivia Wilde in short shorts is worth my time any day of the week.
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|Extra Tidbit:||What competitive "sport" would you like to see made into a movie? I am yearning for a strip backgammon movie, personally.|