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Jennifer Garner, Yara Shahidi, Olivia Wide and Hugh Jackman

Rated: R  for language, sexual content and brief drug use.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date:  October 5, 2012 Released by: The Weinstein Company

This new confection from tyro helmer Jim Field Smith has some acerbically amusing moments even though its intended hilarity succumbs to sentiment.
Butter starring Jennifer Garner and featuring an unsuccessful cameo by Hugh Jackman lacks the cohesion it needs even if it amiably hold's one's attention.
Garner's Laura Pickler seems of the Tea Party ilk (and this film has been on the shelve for about a year so it loses some its timely flair) and goes through the tribulations of a regional butter-carving contest that enraptures its community.
Other key broadly etched characters are Yara Shahidi's sweet, young Destiny as well as a stripper, played to some alluring effect by Olivia Wilde (The Words).
Jason A. Micallef's script has trouble navigating through Smith's roughhewn excess, and the unassured approach diminishes what some particularly edgy humor can offer. Ultimately, Butter even with a game Garner in arousing through ritual practice lacks that sensibility that spreads more smoothly in more coveted comedies.

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