Duck Butter

    Duck Butter


    Dissatisfied with the dishonesty they see in dating, strangers Naima and Sergio make a pact to spend 24 straight hours together in an attempt to fast forward their relationship.

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    • Alia ShawkatNaima
    • Laia CostaSergio
    • Mae WhitmanEllen
    • Hong ChauGlow
    • Kate BerlantKathy
    • Kumail NanjianiJake
    • Lindsay BurdgeKate
    • Mark DuplassMark
    • Jay DuplassJay
    • Drew LangerNews Reporter #1 (voice)


    • 80

      The New York Times

      [Ms. Shawkat] and Mr. Arteta, a sensitive observer of life’s everyday churn (his credits include “Beatriz at Dinner”), do some lovely work in a movie that reminds you that sometimes all you need in realist fiction is a glimpse into another person’s being — but with heart and intelligence, good craft and technique.
    • 70

      Screen Daily

      Ultimately, it works as both a character study and welcome example of an LGBTQ film in which none of the characters are defined by their sexuality or gender, but by their individual choices — both good, and bad.
    • 67

      The Film Stage

      Duck Butter remains a subversive treat for much of its running time, even when it falls into familiar patterns.
    • 67

      The Playlist

      Like its characters, Duck Butter is imperfect, but unlike human objects of our affection, it’s attractive despite its flaws rather than because of them.
    • 63

      Movie Nation

      Miguel Arteta did “Chuck & Buck” and “The Good Girl,” and in star and co-writer Alia Shawcat, of “Arrested Development” and the TBS series “Search Party,” he’s got a collaborator willing to put it all out there and forget her comic crutches for an intimate, damaged and personal story packed into day and night of enforced intimacy with somebody who might “be the one.”
    • 63

      Slant Magazine

      The setup of a 24-hour relationship that bypasses the getting-to-know-you phase speaks to the nature of expedited modern dating culture, but despite its attempts at intimacy, Duck Butter is difficult to fall in love with.
    • 58

      The A.V. Club

      Duck Butter is clever without being all that hilarious, and personal without being all that revealing.
    • 40

      The Guardian

      Watching a couple bicker about the specifics of their relationship can be illuminating when done right, but here it becomes a chore, the problems they encounter feeling contrived and silly.

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