Spinning Into Butter
Spinning Into Butter – Movie Review
A vicious hate crime at an elite New England college thrusts the new dean of students into the investigation. When charged with maintaining order on campus, she is forced to examine her own feelings about race.
“Spinning into Butter is a movie that’s got its heart in the right place, but it’s head, not so much. It’s got a great cast, Sarah Jessica Parker trying to look dowdy, Miranda Richardson, James Rebhorn who’s always good, and Beau Bridges. All of them play deans at a Vermont college that seems to be visited by racism. The title, Spinning into Butter refers to the myth of Little Black Sambo where the tigers chase each other around for Sambo’s clothes and catch each other’s tails and run around in a circle so fast that they spin into butter. Plumbing the depths of liberal racism, conscious and unconscious, subtle and blatant is a worthwhile project. It’s not a bad movie, it’s not a stupid movie, it just is not an entertaining movie. With this high powered a cast, it could have been a real gem, and isn’t.”