A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Beneath the raunch is a message about nurturing your talents and not being afraid to excel. Also: Do something for the love of it, not because you think it will propel you to the top. True passion will outwit calculation any day.
Positive Role Models
Many characters act out of misery or fear, but almost all of them are transformed in the end.
Violence & Scariness
A woman slams into another vehicle on purpose and out of anger, while there are still passengers in it. A man defaces a competitor's work of art.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A stripper is shown in the middle of her act -- which she performs scantily clad -- and, later, grinding on a man's thigh. In another scene, the same duo has sex in a minivan; viewers see them making out and hear lots of noises, but no genitals or sex acts are shown. An older woman hooks up with a teenage girl; they're seen kissing. References to many different sex acts.
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Frequent use of a range of strong words, including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "bitch," "c--t," "c--k," "damn," and more. Also terms like "crackers" (used to describe Caucasian people).
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Products & Purchases
Brands/labels seen include Advil and Red Ribbon.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink in bars and at social events. A teenager smokes weed with an adult. A foster mom who's an addict is shown asking a child to get her a refill of prescription pills.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Butter is an edgy comedy that pushes all sorts of boundaries. For the most part, it works, but for some viewers, the jokes may go too far into raunchy/offensive territory. Expect a steady stream of curse words (everything from "damn" to "s--t" and "f--k"), pot smoking by a teenager, drinking (mostly social), lots of references to sex, an older woman kissing a teenage girl, and some implied sex acts (complete with noises, if no actual nudity). Still, underneath the raunch is the heartfelt message that no matter how great the glory you're chasing, the rewards won't feel sweet unless you really love it and pursue it with good intentions and hard work. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Make no mistake -- BUTTER is an acquired taste. Its jokes are irreverent, its social comedy biting. An African-American child calls the Caucasian parents who are fostering her "crackers," for instance; a woman accuses the child of playing "the race card" when she decides to include Harriet Tubman in her display; and a teenager hooks up with an adult woman to spite her parents. The film teeters gingerly on a narrow tightrope. Lean one way, and it's crass; another, and it's self-conscious. Still, the movie stays upright the entire time, and that's a feat.
Garner continues to shed her good-girl image with her bracing turn as Laura, who's reminiscent of her equally prickly character in Arthur. At times she seems to have dialed up her performance to maximum volume when a more nuanced portrayal is called for, but all in all, she's hilarious. Wilde succeeds but less so; her Brooke is one note, but she delivers her lines with punch, so they land deftly. Ultimately, it's Shahidi who's the star here; Destiny is lovable but spunky, and not in an earnest way. Sometimes Butter feels like it's trying too hard, and there are so many characters to track that we're left with the feeling that key players -- Burrell, for instance, and Hugh Jackman -- were ignored. Still, Butter is worth sampling for sure.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.