Jason A. Micallef and directed by Jim Field Smith (who's shown at right), this is one of those American "heartland" movies that our heartland states most likely despise -- even though, on balance, the population comes off no more or less likable than the New Jersey-based folk of The Oranges. (The heartland's problems, as pictured here however, may strike some viewers as a tad less sophisticated, if no less important, as those on the east coast.)
The plot involves the yearly butter-sculpting competition and the Picklers, Bob (Ty Burrell, two photos below, at right) and Laura (Jennifer Garner, below). Bob is always the winner in the competition, and so, after many years of this, the town's mayor asks him to step down and give others a chance. He does, sadly, which annoys the hell out of the nasty, grasping and ambitious Laura, who decides to enter the contest herself.
Ashley Greene (shown at bottom, center) -- who, though she proved of no particular note in those Twilight movies, here registers more strongly as the Pickler's daughter -- and Hugh Jackman (below) in a smaller and rather different role as an old flame of Laura's called in to help.
Rob Corddry (below, left: This kind of role is quite a change for our Rob, who more often plays Mr. Snark) and Alicia Silverstone (below, second left). These two add a note of normalcy to the proceedings, which are ever threatening to go totally out of control. (This actually might have been the best choice for the film.)
RADIUS/TWC (please do something about your atrociously feeble web site!) and running 90 minutes -- opens this Friday, in the Los Angeles area at the AMC Loews Brodway in Santa Monica, and in New York at the Beekman, Empire 25, Village 7 and the Kew Gardens Cinema (in Queens). Elsewhere? Who knows where or when? Tell The Weinstein Company to improve on this.