Here's something I didn't think I'd ever say: I wish Jennifer Garner's new movie had a bigger emphasis on butter carving.
Here's something I didn't think I'd ever say: I wish Jennifer Garner's new movie had a bigger emphasis on butter carving. The hook to her satiric comedy, adequately titled Butter, is that the story focuses on the world of competitive butter sculpting. (This is a real thing.) It's a realm that hasn't been explored much on the big screen (if at all), but unfortunately, the carving competitions are just the background for a lackluster story.
Garner plays Laura Pickler, the intensely type-A wife (think Election's Tracy Flick, all grown up) of reigning butter sculpture champ Bob (Ty Burrell). Laura relishes the attention she receives from being his better half, and when Bob drops out of the upcoming competition, she takes it upon herself to learn the ropes of the biz and continue the Pickler legacy. Enter Brooke (Olivia Wilde), a bicycle-riding prostitute who decides to compete against Laura after Bob fails to pay her for a romp in his van. As if that's not enough, Laura has to worry about taking down Destiny (Yara Shahidi), a talented foster kid poised to become the next butter-carving prodigy. It's a lot of pressure for one lady to deal with, but Garner's aggressive portrayal of Laura won't have you aching with sympathy for the woman. To find out what else I thought about Butter, read more.