Good Movie Pick: Butter
We don’t just watch low rated movies, sometimes we watch movies that are actually good. It helps keep us sane. Every month we pick a movie that’s not just good, but something you should make a point to watch.
Nico’s pick this month is Butter (2011) starring Jennifer Garner, Yara Shahidi, and Ty Burrell. In Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town’s annual contest.
If this movie were only about a butter contest, I’d still be in. But it goes much deeper, exploring the human need for acceptance, love and grace. I watched it years ago and it still sticks with me. Get some tissues, it’s a bit of a tear jerker.
Butter does not sound like a good movie. At best I assume it’s a parody which seems counter to your description of a tear jerker. What’s this movie about that goes beyond the butter?
The heart of the movie lies within the characters. A little girl is adopted and is having a hard time fitting into her new life. She finds that she’s naturally gifted at art and decides to enter the butter carving competition, but the town perfectionist played by Jennifer Garner will win at any cost, including sabotage. What she really wants is acceptance and to finally excel at something entirely hers. The little girl wants the same thing. It’s more of a dramedy then a comedy, with very heartfelt moments about acceptance and loss, the pain that comes with life’s inevitable obstacles, and the lessons we learn along the way.
Did butter carving draw you to this movie?
I wasn’t aware of butter carving before this movie, but it is a real thing.