I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a Saturday Selections post. Don’t worry, I’ve found plenty of books, movies, and edibles to enjoy, I just haven’t had the time to share them with you. But since I entered a few bits of my art into the county fair this week, I can’t help but think of another fair-related movie: Butter.
Okay, the title is no joke. The movie really is about butter. And I don’t mean a croissant bake-off usage of butter. Instead, Butter is about the vicious and competitive world of butter carving. Um, yeah. Don’t worry, this isn’t a documentary; it’s a comedy because, c’mon, like you could take butter carving seriously?
But the people of a small Iowa town do take their butter carving seriously. A bit too seriously, in fact. Bob (Ty Burrell) has been the reigning butter carving king for over a decade and his wife Laura (Jennifer Garner) identifies herself quite obsessively as queen. When Bob says he doesn’t want to compete this year to give others a chance, she sees it as a moral duty to keep the butter carving title in the family even if she has to carve that slab of butter herself.
Her competitors are Destiny, a foster child who finally finds her calling in butter, and Brooke (Olivia Wilde), a stripper to whom Bob owes money for certain favors. Toss in Hugh Jackman as a dimwitted car salesman, enough butter to give a herd of elephants a heart attack, and some nasty double dealings, and you’ve got the cutthroat world of butter carving.
How Was It?
Well, obviously pretty good if it made it into Saturday Selections. I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this movie at all, but it was funny with a good storyline. Sure, the end was a bit predictable, but all the mayhem that happens throughout the movie was clever with plenty of unexpected moments.
So, if you’re in need of an offbeat comedy, or are just curious about the weird world of fair competitions, find a copy of Butter and give it a try.