"Politically Correct Election Metaphors"
What You Need To Know:
BUTTER is well-made propaganda, but it’s propaganda nonetheless. As with many independently produced leftwing diatribes, BUTTER doesn’t merely settle for making political points. It also contains strong foul language, other lewd content, explicit homosexual references, blasphemy, and teenage marijuana use. Finally, at the end of the movie, the little girl threatens to beat up the conservative lady if she wins the governor’s race in their state. The crude content and politically correct propaganda in BUTTER will offend media-wise moviegoers.
(RoRoRo, PCPCPC, HoHo, AbAbAb, C, B, LLL, V, SS, N, A, DD, MM) Very strong Romantic, politically correct leftist worldview that contains strong, depicted homosexual content where female stripper/prostitute seduces teenage stepdaughter of rival for revenge and money and that mocks Christian conservatives, especially conservative women like Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin, and contains three or four scenes with blasphemous dialogue, despite a scene of reconciliation in the third act (though the very last scene reverses that outcome to make a final violent-tinged jab at conservatives), a positive reference to prayer, and a positive reference to Christmas and singing Christmas carols; 29 obscenities (mostly “f” words), one strong profanity, seven light profanities, and some blasphemous dialogue such as married man thanks God for letting him have sexual relations once again with high school girlfriend who’s also now married; light violence when woman slams car into van where her husband is having illicit relations with a stripper/prostitute, butter display is a famous scene from the John Kennedy assassination, and part of a butter sculpture deliberately ruined with a blow torch but plan backfires; strong sexual immorality includes implied adulterous sex in two scenes, married man visits strip club and has lap dance with stripper, implied oral sex between adult woman and older teenage girl, lesbian kiss, teenage girl wants to run away with adult woman but woman clearly only wants money and revenge, a subplot involves a prostitution angle; no explicit nudity but stripper wears skimpy outfit in club and takes off skimpy shorts over underwear; alcohol use; smoking and teenage girl uses marijuana bong; and, revenge, greed, cheating, lying, hypocrisy, and little girl prays to her dead mother in Heaven.
BUTTER is a politically correct liberal attack on Christian conservatives, especially conservative women. It tries to soften the blows a little bit, especially at the end, but can’t avoid going back to its nasty leftist demagoguery in a last line of dialogue.
Jennifer Garner, who’s married to vocal Democrat supporter Ben Affleck, plays Laura Pickler. Laura appears to be a happily married, devoutly Christian, conservative woman but is actually a horrible hypocrite in nearly every respect. She’s also a harpy who verbally browbeats her husband. Laura becomes very upset when her husband, Bob, agrees to stop entering a butter-carving competition after he’s won 15 years in a row. They argue, and Bob goes out to a strip club, where he takes up with a stripper. Laura finds them in the family van outside the club, so she rams it with her car.
Laura decides to enter the butter carving competition herself. One of her competitors is the stripper, who wants revenge on Laura. The real challenger, however, is a talented 10-year-old African American girl named Destiny, who’s been taken in by a compassionate white foster family. Destiny unexpectedly wins with a sculpture of Harriet Tubman sitting on a train. So, Laura decides to make it look like Destiny cheated and win a rematch at the state fair. She uses her ex-boyfriend to do it. This also involves some cheating on her husband.
BUTTER is well-made propaganda, but it’s propaganda nonetheless. Apparently, the movie was conceived in the wake of the 2008 presidential campaign featuring Barack Obama and Sarah Palin.
As with many independently produced leftwing diatribes, BUTTER doesn’t merely settle for making political points. It also contains strong foul language, other crude and lewd content, explicit homosexual references, blasphemous dialogue, and teenage marijuana use. Also, the conservative hypocrite’s stepdaughter shows disdain for both her parents. She’s also seduced by her father’s female fling, a stripper/prostitute. Though it’s clear this older woman only wants money and revenge, the movie seems to view her as a noble rebel and iconoclast. This fits perfectly well with the movie’s leftist Romantic worldview. Finally, at the end, though the little black girl expresses kindness toward Laura, and Laura reciprocates, the girl says that, if Laura wins political office, the girl will take some ninjas and kick her rear end. This shows that violence is clearly the ultimate threat that all Romantic leftists and radical liberals like to use whenever things don’t go their way. This has happened throughout modern history, from the French Revolution to the socialist revolutions in the 20th Century. BUTTER tries to soft-sell obnoxious messages like this by taking a light, albeit satirical tone. This shouldn’t fool media-wise viewers, however. They will also find the movie’s crude content utterly distasteful.