I Can’t Believe It’s Not……..

In Movies on March 4, 2013 at 10:20 am


“Butter” directed by Jim Field Smith tells the story of Destiny, Yara Shahidi, who just recently moved in with her foster parents Jill, Alicia Silverstone, and Ethan, Rob Corddry. Destiny has been moved from one home to another, keeping her suitcase packed just in case she gets shipped off to another home, and feels suspicious of this crazy “cracker” household. Laura, Jennifer Garner, is married to the best butter sculptor in Iowa, Bob Pickler, Ty Burrell, and plans on using his notoriety to get him into the governor’s mansion. Brooke, Olivia Wilde, is a stripper who Bob has had a few flings with and now relies on his money to support her. All of these great characters come together, to compete in a butter sculpting competition in order to better themselves or bring down one another. 

This movie was unexpectantly entertaining and sweet. Yara Shahidi absolutely stole the show with her portrayal of Destiny. She plays this meek, modest, and smart young girl brilliantly. Her monologues were well written and insightful, offering, what I believe, the true thoughts of a young foster child who simply misses her mother.

Rob Corddry was surprisingly fantastic in this film, offering Destiny some advice that seemed to really come from a father. The back story for Jill and himself was heartbreaking and allowed his character to become so much more. He also benefited from some great lines, that he may have ad-libbed. 

Olivia Wilde also deserves mentioning because of how different this character appeared from the other roles that she had taken. She became an angry scorned stripper, who was going to walk in in her stilettos and and grind her cigarette into the floor. She wanted to be noticed and to make everyone in the room cringe, and she did just that.

I was disappointed in Ty Burell because I felt that he could have brought more to the table. I don’t know if this was due to him or a lackluster script but I felt like I was waiting for him to burst, like a butterfly from a cocoon, if you will, and stand up for himself. But, sadly, he never really does.

Jennifer Garner was fairly good in this movie, but I felt that she didn’t really flex any of her acting muscles she simply appeared to just be a stale reactive character.


All in all, this movie was a surprising hit for me. It was funny and sweet in all the right places without being too much of both. This movie is on Netflix, so if you’re streaming, give it a chance. You won’t regret it! 


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