This fall, the art of butter carving is going to take center stage in the political satire Butter. The film premiered last year at Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival when it was believed to be an awards season contender. The awards speculation came to a halt and was booted from the 2011 fall schedule. It was scheduled for release in March, but the release date was pushed back. This October, we will be treated with a glimpse into the “politics” of butter carving competitions.
Butter centers on Laura Pickler, an ambitious wife of a former butter carver champion (Ty Burrell). After her husband decides to call it quits, Laura takes over as the butter carver in the marriage. With a political agenda in mind, she prepares to become the butter carver queen in her small Iowan hometown with the help of an ex-boyfriend (Hugh Jackman). As in life, nothing goes as planned as her aspirations are threatened by a home wrecker stripper (Olivia Wilde) and a young butter carving wonder (Yara Shahidi).
Butter is the sophomore feature film effort by Jim Field Smith, director of the highly entertaining 2010 comedy She’s Out of My League. Judging from the trailer, Butter looks like an extremely entertaining and engaging comedy. The film has a cast that includes Rob Corddry, Kristen Schaal, and Ashley Greene.
Butter is going to carve its way to theaters on October 5th, 2012.