Butter / Loft Staff Selects

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A hilarious tale of competition at its most cutthroat, Butter tells the tale of a small-town butter carving contest plagued by scandal, greed, blackmail, politics, sex … and butter! Butter reveals 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. Facing three formidable opponents (including an effortlessly charismatic 10-year-old child named Destiny), mocked by her stepdaughter 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! A pointedly outrageous satire of small-town politics, Butter also stars Rob Corddry and Alicia Silverstone. (Dir. by Jim Field Smith, 2011, USA, 91 mins., Rated R) Digital