The Baxter

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Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux

A man with a "doormat" personality tries standing up for himself for a change in this comedy. Mild mannered tax accountant Elliot Sherman (Michael Showalter) is what he calls a "Baxter": the kind of calm, unexciting fellow who "wears sock garters" and "enjoys raking leaves." Loved by bosses and parents, Elliot is a perfectly nice guy. And that's his problem -- he's


A man with a "doormat" personality tries standing up for himself for a change in this comedy. Mild mannered tax accountant Elliot Sherman (Michael Showalter) is what he calls a "Baxter": the kind of calm, unexciting fellow who "wears sock garters" and "enjoys raking leaves." Loved by bosses and parents, Elliot is a perfectly nice guy. And that's his problem -- he's safe and pleasant, but not very interesting, so as a consequence he hasn't had much luck with long-term relationships, and more than one woman has abandoned him for someone more exciting. Elliot believes his luck has finally changed for the better when he becomes engaged to Caroline Swann (Elizabeth Banks), a smart and attractive editor at a successful magazine. However, a few weeks before the wedding, who should come back into Caroline's life but Bradley Lake (Justin Theroux), her high school sweetheart and, according to many, the great love of her life. Bradley quickly makes it clear that he wants to win Caroline back, and generally in such circumstances Elliot would politely step aside, but just this once Elliot decides to fight for the woman he loves. Elliot gains an unexpected champion in Cecil Mills (Michelle Williams), a frumpy but adorable temp employee at his office who encourages Elliot to develop a take-charge attitude, though the results aren't quite what he expects. The Baxter was written and directed by Michael Showalter, who also plays Elliot; Showalter was a member of the sketch comedy troupe the State, and also works with the comedy performance trio Stella, whose other members, Michael Ian Black and David Wain, also appear in the movie.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Bloopers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Showalter Elliot Sherman
Elizabeth Banks Caroline Swann
Michelle Williams Cecil Mills
Justin Theroux Bradley Lake
Zak Orth Wendall Wimms
Michael Ian Black Ed
Catherine Lloyd Burns Stella
Peter Dinklage Benson Hedges
Paul Rudd Dan Abbott
David Wain Louis Lewis
A.D. Miles Bar Baxter #1
Joe Lo Truglio Bar Baxter #2
Seth Herzog Bar Baxter #3
Jonathan Marc Sherman Deaf Bar Baxter
Haviland Morris Kate
Donna Mitchell Judy Swann
Leslie Lyles Sheila Sherman
John Devries Alan Swann
Jim DeMarse Leonard Sherman
Gabriel Millman Max
Sarah Drew Serena
Chris Spain Tanner Bates
Marylouise Burke Delores
Ken Marino Jack Mechanic
Audrie Neenan Pastor Pritchard
Jenny Maguire Peg
Maya Goldsmith Muffy
Michael Portnoy Interpretive Dancer
Bobby Tisdale Emcee
Abigail Wathen Kimberly
Peter Stadlen Young Elliot

Technical Credits
Michael Showalter Director,Screenwriter
Holly Becker Executive Producer
Glen Caplin Musical Direction/Supervision
Jacob Craycroft Editor
Susie Farris Casting
Sarah Flack Editor
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Jill Kliber Costumes/Costume Designer
Jill Newell Costumes/Costume Designer
Galt Niederhoffer Producer
Tim Orr Cinematographer
Celine Rattray Producer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
Theodore Shapiro Score Composer
Jonathan Shoemaker Co-producer
Reagan Silber Producer
Daniela Taplin-Lundberg Producer
Craig Wedren Score Composer
Mark White Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Baxter
1. Start [8:41]
2. Courting & Disaster [8:46]
3. Unromantic History [8:28]
4. Pursuing a Sentence [8:12]
5. Favor Exchange [7:40]
6. Wedding-Plan Problems [9:29]
7. Horrible Coincidences [:06]
8. To Recapture a Swann [6:14]
9. Dinner and a Phone Call [7:18]
10. Turnabout [4:44]
11. A Non-Baxter? [6:02]
12. Girl and Gromwell [4:23]


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The Baxter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
The Baxter starts where most romantic comedies end: the leading man charges into the wedding scene to declare his love for the heroine--just as she is about to marry someone else. They run into each other's arms and live happily ever after. This movie leaves the "stars" of most romantic comedies to their own devices and instead follows the Baxter (the man the leading lady was willing to settle for since she couldn't be with her true love). So begins the story of Elliot Sherman (played by writer/director Michael Showalter), a tax accountant who never manages to get the girl. A fan of romantic comedies, Showalter hoped to give a nod to the genre's zany movies of the forties with The Baxter. For inspiration, Showalter also looked to the modern embodiment of romantic comedies: Sleepless in Seattle. The idea for The Baxter was born when Showalter wondered what happened to Bill Pullman's character in Sleepless--the man Meg Ryan left to be with Tom Hanks. Elliot is ready to give up on relationships until he meets Caroline Swann (Elizabeth Banks), a glamorous magazine editor. Elliot and Caroline are preparing for their upcoming nuptials when Caroline's high school sweetheart Bradley (Justin Theroux) returns. As Elliot desperately tries to avoid another rejection he runs into Cecil Mills (Michelle Williams), a unique office temp. With Cecil's help, Elliot realizes that he needs to take a risk and assert himself if he wants to stop being a Baxter. A series of comical catastrophes follow only to prove that, in the end, nice guys can finish first. In short, The Baxter is a romantic comedy for anyone who has ever been dumped. This movie is hilarious and had this reviewer laughing from beginning to end. The Baxter features an excellent cast--from the leading roles down to the minor characters--, which is given every opportunity to shine. As Elliot becomes convinced that Caroline will dump him, Showalter perfectly conveys the mayhem and desperation Elliot feels as he tries to keep Caroline away from Bradley in the hopes of living happily ever after. The Baxter is, first and foremost, about a Baxter who has no luck in love. But it is also a movie for anyone who suspects they might be slightly out of step with the world at large. This movie focuses on the quirky people that make life interesting but don't always get leading roles in Hollywood. Every character in The Baxter is at least a little neurotic, a little odd. It's these quirks that make the characters, and the movie, so lovable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never even heard of this movie and a friend brought it over and I am in love. This was a funny movie and had some familiar faces including Michelle Williams and Paul Rudd. Great if you want something fun to watch and enjoy some laughs!
AnnieAB More than 1 year ago
The Baxter was such a pleasant surprise of a movie! A 2005 release, I wish I'd known of it sooner. It had humor, sweetness, innocence, and very little, if any, crude humor and no foul language. The casting was great, and I am a new fan of Michael Showalter. Very cool.