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Butter [2012] [R] - 6.4.6



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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After a neglected foster child (Yara Shahidi) discovers her skills in butter carving, uptight butter carving experts (Ty Burrell and Jennifer Garner) soon have their lives turned upside down. Also with Alicia Silverstone, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Greene, Rob Corddry, Kristen Schaal and Phyllis Smith. Directed by Jim Field Smith. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - We hear sexual moans and pants from a man and a woman (we see a shadowed outline of a woman against a glass wall covered by blinds) and it is implied that they are having sex.
 We hear a teen girl moaning sexually and it is implied that a woman is performing oral sex on the teen girl; the woman brings her head up to the teen girl and they kiss passionately (no nudity is visible).
 We see a van with steamed up windows and we hear a woman moaning sexually, we see a shadowed outline of a woman on top of a man and it is implied that the man and the woman are having sex; another woman (the man's wife) rams the van and we later see the man holding ice over his crotch, implying that he was injured in the accident, as the woman makes a remark that the man can take a pain killer for his injured genitals (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 We see a woman at a strip club dancing suggestively on a pole while she takes off her clothing (we see her wearing a bra and underwear) as a man watches; the woman gets off the stage and dances in front of the man, she pulls off her underwear as she straddles his lap, he puts money in her underwear and the woman kisses him. A woman pulls up her breasts to expose her cleavage. A man stares at a woman's cleavage when the top button of her blouse pops open and the man asks if she had a breast implant.
 A woman tells another woman that she had sex with the woman's husband and she owes him money; the woman then crudely jokes that she "gets pregnant like once a month." A man "prays" thanking God for a woman coming to have sex with him and describes, in crude terms, the woman's genitals. A woman imagines herself telling people that she did not perform oral sex on multiple men. A teen girl asks her father if a woman outside is a hooker and acts excited when she thinks her father has a prostitute. A teen girl remarks to her father and stepmother, using crude terms, that she is going to become a stripper. A woman tells several people that she had previously been a stripper and would occasionally perform "sexual acts" on men but had "changed her ways." A man tells his foster daughter that his wife cannot have children and the girl asks if it is because the woman's genitals are broken. A woman tells a man, using crude terms, that her father had raped her and the man remarks, "That's terrible." We see a woman telling a girl that she could buy "totally cute work clothes" and the woman shows the girl a lingerie store.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman tells her foster daughter that her biological mother had died (it is implied that the woman had died of a drug overdose).
 A man is obviously injured in a car accident after his wife rams his car and we see him holding an ice pack over his crotch as he moans in pain when he stands up.
 We hear a crash of glass and we see a woman pacing and shouting at her husband. A woman pounds on a door and shouts at an older woman inside; she enters the room and then shouts at the older woman to warn her husband. A woman makes a pantomiming "cut throat" motion at a woman and mouths, "I will kill you." A teen girl warns her father to cover his genitals after her mother asks her to leave so that she and the teen girl's father can argue. A man is seen breaking into a building and using a blowtorch to melt a portion of a girl's butter sculpture (we see the melted butter). A man shouts at a crowd of people that butter makes people fat and hardens arteries. A woman threatens a man, saying that she is going to defecate on the man's car hood. A teen girl rambles about how swaddling babies prevents them from punching themselves. A teen girl remarks that she can't wait for people to die from global warning. A woman imagines herself telling a group of people that she does not "soil herself daily." A man jokingly tells his foster daughter that a building could be filled with killer monkeys, she jokes that it is full of Hitler's ghosts or hungry cannibals, the man jokes that it could be a mass murderer that only kills little girls and the girl jokes back that it could be filled with racist ninjas and laughs when he suggests that the building has British vampires inside. A man jokes that his house is "not prison" so they can watch television past 8:00 PM.
 We see two body bags being loaded into an ambulance as a girl watches (it is implied that her two elderly foster parents have died). We see black-and-white photographs of a dead cow, as a narrator's voiceover explains that a cow had been struck by lightning.
 We see a woman's butter carving recreation of the JFK shooting, including a replica man with a portion of his head blown off. A girl demonstrates a guillotine that chops off a butter sculpture's head. We see a butter sculpture where a man appears to be hitting a woman. We see a picture of a butter sculpture dinosaur eating a girl.

PROFANITY 6 - About 11 F-words and its derivatives, 1 implied F-word, 2 obscene hand gestures (one sexual in nature toward several boy scouts), 2 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms (1 mild), 7 mild obscenity, 2 derogatory racial terms, name-calling (weirdos, stupid, rednecky, Judas Iscariot himself, freaks, your people [in reference to mentally disabled children], witch, two bit trophy wife, crazy, skanky, stupid, charity case, pasty, like Rainman, ridiculous), 2 religious profanities, 12 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A teen girl smokes marijuana from a pipe and she exhales into a toilet paper roll, and we hear a woman tell her daughter to tell the doctor that she needs "Klonopin" and ask a doctor "for pills." A man drinks beer at a bar. A woman smokes a cigarette, a woman asks, "Is someone smoking?" and we see a woman enter the room smoking a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Home schooling, foster care, disappointment, revenge, being a gracious winner, butter.

MESSAGE - Sometimes children can teach adults a lot about life.

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P6 - MPAAR

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