A lonely obese boy everyone calls "Butter" is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter ...
  • 5.6 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Erin Jade Lange, Writer:
  • Paul A. Kaufman, Director:
  • J. Todd Harris, Christina Sibul, Producer:


7 / 10

Enlightening for teens and adults

IN A NUTSHELL:A lonely obese boy everyone calls "Butter" is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death - live on the Internet - and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn't go through with his plans? The film was written and directed by Paul A. Kaufman, based on the book by Erin Jade Lange.

THINGS I LIKED:Other than Mira Sorvino, I hadn't seen any of the actors before. Alex Kersting, who plays "Butter" did a really great job. I hope we'll be able to see him in more movies because he's extremely likable and real.

You get to hear some great saxophone music. Two of my sons played it when they were in middle school. I love that music was illustrated as an effective tool to help teenagers (and anyone else for that matter!) derive emotional strength during trials.

I liked it when a group of buddies worked on a Bucket List together. I started my Bucket List back when I was a teenager.

It made me so sad and mad to see so many teenagers behaving so badly and treating one another in such atrocious ways. Teens who might be struggling with social media and how it affects their popularity should watch this.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:Some scenes go on too long.

There is nothing subtle about the themes in this film.

There are some bad acting moments, but everyone seemed to be very earnest in their efforts.

TIPS FOR PARENTS:BullyingA teenager gets a tattooA boy flips the birdA drunk girl pukes in a swimming poolTeens drink a lot of alcoholA girl slaps a guy and a guy hits another guyBoys force a guy to eat an entire stick of butter

THEMES:ObesityDiscriminationHopeComfort foodFake friends vs. True friendsPopularityPeer pressureGossipSuicideBlameJudging by appearancesSelf-esteemSupporting family friends with their weight loss goalsDiscovering your talents

You can see the full review on Movie Review Mom YouTube channel.

6 / 10

fed up

Greetings again from the darkness. Being a high school kid has always been challenging, and today's added pressures of social media makes being an outlier almost unbearable at times. Writer-director Paul A Kaufman (in his feature film directing debut) has adapted the 2012 novel by Erin Jade Lange into a film that tackles several emotional hurdles, some of which are downright devastating.

Marshall (an excellent Alex Kirsting) is a morbidly obese high school student. He plays a mean jazz saxophone, yet yearns to be heard, seen, and accepted as a person, rather than as a target for the bullies who call him "Butter". He weighs in at 423 pounds at the dietician's office, and he's catfishing Anna (McKaley Miller), his secret crush at school. Online, he's posing as JP, a soccer star at a private school, and Anna confides secrets so that he can provide sage advice. At home, his mother (Mira Sorvino) enables him with her 'food art', while his dad (Brian Van Holt) barely acknowledges the presence of his fat son.

There are no heroes in this story, and despite being partially described as a comedy, this is in fact a dark commentary on how people behave. Butter is so fed up (unintended pun) and desperate to be seen, he devises a plan to go out with a bang. He creates a website and announces online that he will literally eat himself to death. Yep, suicide by smorgasbord at midnight on New Year's Eve via live webcast. The reaction of his fellow students catches him off guard. Butter becomes popular overnight. People talk to him ... while at the same time placing bets and serving up menu suggestions for the final feast.

Butter also provides the narration to his own story, and along the way we meet his doctors played by Ravi Patel and Annabeth Gish, and a supportive teacher played by Mykelti Williamson who encourages Butter to expand his musical talents. We note how attitudes change once communication and interactions replace withdrawal and ignoring. Some of the heavy topics handled here include bullying, suicide, depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, a lack of empathy and compassion, and body-shaming. It's interesting to watch as the classmates and Butter get to know each other, how Anna shows there is more to her than a pretty face, and how Butter's parents seem oblivious to their son's internalized feelings. The film does get a little preachy near the end, but for the most part, it's a pretty effective look at what it's like being an outcast.

In theaters February 25, 2022.

10 / 10

Finally - a solid movie for young adults

Butter fills the void of movies with a message for young adults. It's intelligent and engaging for adults too. Everyone should be on board to keep this movie in theaters long enough for organizations, groups and schools to catch on and advocate for this important gem of a film. Don't wait - go and see it!

10 / 10


I was interesting about independent movie. I love this movie so far. Alex is pretty good actor to play Butter. I can relate his feeling and how he has been through and what people doesn't see either notice till something happened and got noticed. It kinda bother me how people treat and think real friends and stuff but they are not real till they have to show real side and show who they are (believe it or not, I'm deaf and i don't have real friends mostly fake friends they only care what they see/think) I just don't understand people but Movies are my life.

10 / 10


My friend wrote the book. It's phenomenal. It's an important subject for teens to watch and read on as bullying is getting worse and worse. I urge you to read the other books Erin has written as each book is captivating. Dead Ends is great. Online bullying has ruined so many young Children's lives. This movie is great.