In a comedy that many will view as a not-so-thinly-veiled political commentary, Butter is a story of cut-throat competition in a closely watched Iowa contest: the annual butter carving championship. After 15 years in the limelight as the beautiful assistant to her artistically gifted husband, Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa’s long-reigning butter carving champ, Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) is ready to tackle a new challenge. When her hubby is pressured to retire from the butter carving world, Laura decides to enter the championship herself.
Standing at the front of the line on sign-up day, Laura is determined to take the butter championship crown. Her odds of victory fall, however, with the arrival of some formidable contenders. First, there is Destiny (Yara Shahidi), the highly talented young African-American foster child of local couple Julie and Ethan (Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry). Then there’s Bob’s number one fan, Carol-Ann (Kristen Schaal). And to add insult to injury, Bob’s would-be mistress, bad-girl stripper Brooke (Olivia Wilde), enters the contest as well.
Angry with her husband and mocked by her stepdaughter Kaitlen (Ashley Greene), Laura will stop at nothing to win – including recruiting her dim-witted former boyfriend Boyd (Hugh Jackman) as a co-conspirator in her plans for sabotage.
The Weinstein Company plans an October 5, 2012 release for the R-rated film, which is directed by Jim Field Smith and written by Jason Micallef.