Jim Field Smith’s mild political satire Butter
is a thinly veiled spoof of the 2008 race for the Democratic presidential nomination between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, transplanted to a quirky contest in America’s heartland.
The movie stars Jennifer Garner as Laura Pickler, the high-strung wife of local superstar Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), who has won the town’s annual butter-carving contest every year he’s competed in it. Bob is a legend thanks to his prowess in the event, but this year he decides he’s done with it and gives his highly ambitious wife the chance to step into the spotlight. She enters the competition, in part out of her own outsized...