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|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|
|Donna Mitchell||Judy Swann|
|Leslie Lyles||Sheila Sherman|
|John Devries||Alan Swann|
|Jim DeMarse||Leonard Sherman|
|Chris Spain||Tanner Bates|
|Ken Marino||Jack Mechanic|
|Audrie Neenan||Pastor Pritchard|
|Michael Portnoy||Interpretive Dancer|
|Peter Stadlen||Young Elliot|
|Michael Showalter||Director, Screenwriter|
|Holly Becker||Executive Producer|
|Glen Caplin||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Caroline Kaplan||Executive Producer|
|Jill Kliber||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jill Newell||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jonathan Sehring||Executive Producer|
|Theodore Shapiro||Score Composer|
|Craig Wedren||Score Composer|
|Mark White||Production Designer|
Posted February 16, 2012
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.
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2010
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