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In every romantic comedy there's always that scene at the end where the leading man barges through the chapel doors just as the leading lady is about to marry the Wrong Guy. This movie is about the guy left at the altar. The wrong guy. That guy is called the Baxter. The Baxter is the kind of guy you "settle" for because you can't be with the one you really love. And no one's ever been more of a Baxter than tax accountant Elliot Sherman (Michael Showalter). Nice but safe, Elliot has been left at the proverbial 'altar' more times than once. From high school to college to business school, Elliot always finds himself on the losing end of the love triangle. After swearing off relationships once and for all, Elliot decides to take the plunge one last time when he meets his dream woman, beautiful magazine editor Caroline Swann (Elizabeth Banks). But just as he's about to hear wedding bells, her hunky, long-lost high school sweetheart Bradley Lake (Justin Theroux) turns up out of the blue, triggering Elliot's fears of yet another colossal dumping. As Elliot feels his life spinning into a downward spiral, things begin to change when he encounters Cecil Mills (Michelle Williams), an adorable office temp/aspiring singer just off the bus from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Cecil tells Elliot, "Your problem is that you're not willing to take a risk. Leading men take risks." As Elliot struggles to assert himself for the first time, a series of escalating comic events are set in motion, until finally, with Cecil's help, he learns how to step into center stage in his own life and leave Baxter-hood behind forever. From IFC Films and co-starring Zak Orth, Michael Ian Black, Peter Dinklage, David Wain and Paul Rudd, The Baxter, reminiscent of the classic American romantic comedies of the forties, is an indie love story where nice guys finish FIRST for once.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 73
- Fresh: 24
- Rotten: 49
- Average Rating: 5.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A tender love story and a dead-on lampoon of the genre, but its main drawback is that Showalter is egregiously miscast in the title role.
Rotten: The more the film stresses and strains to be funny, the unfunnier it gets.
Rotten: Michael Showalter is a funny man, but ... how to put this gently ... not a funny movie star.
Rotten: Only when Williams is around does the movie seem human, true, and funny: Even in her slapstick there's pain. She's almost too good: It's not until she's left a scene that you realize the movie isn't working.
got to recognize I felt portrayed several times; the story is not too far from reality, everyone gets dumped at least once in life for not being resolute enough. This is about second chances. The happy ending isn't necessary, although fits. Both girls play their typical character greatly and the guy is really funny. This movie will cheer you up from its beginning
pretty damn funny
Anything with David Wain, Michael Ian Black, and Michael Showalter is hilarious to me. A definite plus that Justin Theroux is in this flick as well. If you like The State, youll enjoy this for sure.
A Great Date Film
This is a film for those of us who feel out of place in our daily existence. Heartwarming, and uplifting but never sappy. This is a great date movie.
- The Baxter (Music from the Motion Picture)
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