Spinning into Butter (film)

Spinning Into Butter is a 2007 drama film written by Rebecca Gilman and Doug Atchison and loosely based on Gilman's play of the same name. It was directed by first-time director Mark Brokaw and produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, who also stars in the film. Spinning Into Butter was sold for distribution Cannes Film Market on May 17, 2007 and opened in the U.S. in March, 2009. The film concerns political correctness and racial identity.

Spinning Into Butter
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Directed byMark Brokaw
Produced byRoger Howe
Sarah Jessica Parker
Ryan Howe
Norman Twain
Daniel Hank
Written byRebecca Gilman
Doug Atchison
StarringSarah Jessica Parker
Mykelti Williamson
Miranda Richardson
Beau Bridges
Distributed byScreen Media Films
Release date
  • August 20, 2007 (2007-08-20) (Montreal World Cinema Festival)
  • March 2009 (2009-03) (United States)
CountryUnited States


When a New England liberal arts college experiences a hate crime against one of its few black students, the school's dean of students (Parker) must respond publicly to the incident while privately confronting her own latent racism and prejudice.



As of March 2018, the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 16% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 32 reviews with an average score of 3.6/10.[1] The site's consensus of reviews was:

"Both leaden and stilted, Spinning Into Butter is an unsubtle drama with stagy direction and lackluster dialogue."


  1. ^ "Spinning Into Butter (2009) ! Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-03-19.

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