Do you like your political satire with a side of saturated fat? Then you’ll love the trailer for Butter, a broad comedy about a soft substance. Jennifer Garner stars as Laura Pickler, a grown-up Tracy Flick type who prides herself on her excellent butter carving skills. When a young upstart named Destiny (Yara Shahidi) blazes into the world of competitive dairy sculpture, Laura finds that her crown might be threatened.
Silly? You betcha — but between its a star-studded cast (Ty Burrell! Olivia Wilde! Hugh Jackman! The lady who plays Phyllis on The Office!) and the goofy gospel song that underscores the trailer’s second half (“Butter is the greatest gift in life! Butter, all you need is a knife!”), Butter has potential to seep into your brain’s nooks and crannies, pleasantly coating your synapses with a slick layer of heightened parody. Or something. Just watch:
Butter played at the Toronto film festival last year, but won’t be widely released until this fall; it’ll be available On Demand September 7th and in theaters October 5. If you’d like to spoil your appetite, feel free to read Lisa Schwarzbaum’s review of the movie’s Toronto premiere.
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