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Butter is a 2011 comedy film directed by Jim Field Smith and featuring an ensemble cast including Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, and Hugh Jackman.

It is about a foster child named Destiny (Yara Shahidi) who enters a butter sculpture contest. Bob (Burrell), the contest champion, is asked to step down after a fifteen-year winning streak, prompting his wife Laura (Garner) to enter. Laura and Destiny then compete for first place.

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  • Billing Displacement: Ty Burrell often gets top billing, despite having an secondary role.
  • Betty and Veronica: Laura (the Betty) and Brooke (the Veronica) are this over Bob (the Archie). Though the whole rivalry between the two women stems from Brooke wanting to get revenge against the Pickler family for Bob's "mistreatment" of her and Laura wanting to win the butter sculpting competition.
  • Bi the Way: Kaitlen mentions having her heart broken by a guy, and then falls head-over-heels for Brooke after the two have sex, for which Brooke charges Kaitlen. Brooke, in turn, may or may not truly be bisexual, but she is willing to have sex with both men and women as long as money is involved.
  • Brick Joke: When seducing Bob in the strip club, Brooke says she was raped by her father. Later when she arrives at the Pickler home to collect her money and Bob turns her down, Brooke yells that he is just like her father and leaves.
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  • Butch Lesbian: Brooke is this in comparison to Kaitlen Pickler through their short-lived relationship.
  • Control Freak: Laura Pickler
  • Country Matters: Brooke drops this to Laura as a major insult as she poses a threat by entering herself into the butter sculpting competition so she could win Bob's affections. Lampshaded by Carol Ann.
    Brooke: (to Laura) It's on, C**t!
    Carol Ann: I haven't heard that word since my Dad died.

  • Depraved Bisexual: Brooke, though unclear whether or not she's truly bisexual.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After Bob rejects her, Brooke says she's going to defecate on his car because of such rejection. Later, she spends a majority of the film trying to humiliate and get back at the Pickler family all because of Bob turning her down and for $600 to $1200 dollars he owed her for sex.
  • Ensemble Cast
  • Food Porn: Seriously though, the butter sculptures just look delicious!
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Both Bob and Laura cheat, though unusually, it's Bob who is portrayed more sympathetically. He cheats because he's unhappy in his marriage and hasn't had sex with his wife in a long time (by her choice). Laura cheats to convince Boyd to help her win a contest.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: The game of "Truth or Dare" Kaitlen initiates with Brooke which quickly escalates into sex between the two women provides such a eyeful for the male (or even female) audiences watching at home.
  • Happily Adopted: Destiny is quite happy with her foster parents, the Emmets, and they eventually adopt her formally.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Kaitlen, for whenever she's having to deal with her overcontroling stepmother, is always wearing headphones around the house with loud explicit rap music blasting through them.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Brooke is a stripper who pole-dances at a strip club and likes to have sex with costumers but she is really nice when it comes to the child butter competition runner-up Destiny.
  • Hypocrite: Laura begrudgingly reprimands her husband Bob for having sex with a stripper named Brooke but has no ill will towards her own self for committing adultery by having sex with her ex-boyfriend Boyd Bolton in order to get him to falsely testify against her competitor, Destiny.
  • It Doesn't Mean Anything: Bob argues this to Laura after she caught him cheating on her with a stripper. He admits it was a one time thing and it meant nothing to him. Brooke on the other hand, thinks otherwise...
  • It Meant Something to Me: After having sex with Bob, Brooke believes that Bob really loves her. But when she confronts him on it as well as to collect money from him, he denies it and she seeks out revenge against the Pickler family.
    • After talking about owning an apartment some day with Brooke, Brooke collects her money and leaves, leaving Kaitlen hurt as the sex and their time together really did mean something to her.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: What happens to Kaitlen during her sexual encounter with Brooke and Laura with Boyd at his office.
  • Kick the Dog: Just as it seems that Destiny could win the competition, Laura hires Boyd to break in and melt the child's butter sculpture with a blow torch. That fact that the faces of the mother-child sculpture are melted first doesn't help things either.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Kaitlen is this in comparison to Brooke during their short-lived relationship as she has a much feminine demeanor and appearance than Brooke.
  • Love Father, Love Son: Brooke sleeps with Bob during one strip club entertainment montage (and charges him for it when he doesn't return her "love" for him). Then, in an attempt to get the money from Bob, she breaks into his house where she meets his daughter Kaitlen and has sex with her instead, causing Kaitlen to develop feelings for her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Stripper Brooke a.k.a "Tokyo Rose" who struts her stuff into the scene in little to almost nothing. Often wearing short-shorts, stacked with silver jewelry, wears skin-tight clothes that accentuates her curves and highlights her breasts and platform high heels. Then there's the infamous pole dance scene debut. Not to mention she portrayed by Olivia Wilde
  • Nice Job Breaking It Villain: Boyd, who despite his attempt to help Laura git her young competitor Destiny disqualified for false "theft", neglects to tell Laura beforehand that he's illiterate therefore unable to read a simple fake letter testifying against Destiny and unable to win.
  • Parental Incest: During the strip club scene where Brooke entertains for a sympathetic Bob, she tells him her short story of how her father raped her when she was a little girl. Such possibly being the reasons why she behaves in such inappropriate mannerisms. Though it's left ambiguous whether or not that story was true.
  • Promiscuity After Rape: Brooke, though it's unclear whether or not her childhood incest story is true.
  • Really Gets Around: Brooke, due to her profession of being a stripper/pole dancer, takes it a step further by engaging in sexual acts with costumers for money.
  • Serious Business: Butter sculptures.
  • Sex Montage: Laura with Boyd and Kaitlen with Brooke.
  • The Tease: Brooke and Laura, in her own different way.


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