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Butter Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

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  • 3.0
    40

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Self-righteous and smug in its use of heartland stereotypes, the movie backfires by assuming that its intended liberal audience is just as intolerant and condescending as the conservative opposition insists it is.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    It's been a long time since a movie wasted this much talent.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    The film grows increasingly mirthful as the characters come into focus, and the casting is the key: Ms. Garner, who also helped produce the film, has a gift for catty roles, and Ms. Wilde is so funny she should play hookers all the time.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Quirky comedy pushes boundaries in the name of laughs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Butter is an edgy comedy that pushes all sorts of boundaries. For the most part, it works, but for some viewers, the jokes may go too far into raunchy/offensive territory. Expect a steady stream of curse words (everything from "damn" to "s--t" and "f--k"), pot smoking by a teenager, drinking (mostly social), lots of references to sex, an older woman kissing a teenage girl, and some implied sex acts (complete with noises, if no actual nudity). Still, underneath the raunch is the heartfelt message that no matter how great the glory you're chasing, the rewards won't feel sweet unless you really love it and pursue it with good intentions and hard work.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of edgy/raunchy comedies. Movies like Butter push a lot of limits to make audiences laugh. Does it work? Or does it cross the line? How can you tell the difference?
  • Why do you think Laura is so hungry for fame? Does the movie sympathize with her or not? Is she a role model?
  • What about Destiny? Does the movie minimize her struggles or empathize with her?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Beneath the raunch is a message about nurturing your talents and not being afraid to excel. Also: Do something for the love of it, not because you think it will propel you to the top. True passion will outwit calculation any day.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Many characters act out of misery or fear, but almost all of them are transformed in the end.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A woman slams into another vehicle on purpose and out of anger, while there are still passengers in it. A man defaces a competitor's work of art.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A stripper is shown in the middle of her act -- which she performs scantily clad -- and, later, grinding on a man's thigh. In another scene, the same duo has sex in a minivan; viewers see them making out and hear lots of noises, but no genitals or sex acts are shown. An older woman hooks up with a teenage girl; they're seen kissing. References to many different sex acts.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent use of a range of strong words, including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "bitch," "c--t," "c--k," "damn," and more. Also terms like "crackers" (used to describe Caucasian people).

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Brands/labels seen include Advil and Red Ribbon.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink in bars and at social events. A teenager smokes weed with an adult. A foster mom who's an addict is shown asking a child to get her a refill of prescription pills.

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