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See, Elliot Sherman, Showalter's character, is a Baxter. As the movie explains at the beginning, a Baxter is the guy in romantic comedies who is always left by the girl at the altar when she is reunited with her true love. Ralph Bellamy in HIS GIRL FRIDAY is a Baxter. Bill Pullman in SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE is a Baxter. In other words, they are always the guy you know the girl won't end up with. In THE BAXTER, Elliot meets the very pretty Caroline Swann, whom he meets through his quintessentially Baxter job of accountant. Inexplicably, they hit it off, get engaged, and plan their marriage.Read more ›
Eliot can't believe that he's scored such a gorgeous woman, yet there's also something that draws him to bedraggled bookish office temp Cecil Mills (Michelle Williams). Maybe it's the fact that they are currently reading the dictionary for enjoyment and are both up to the same letter. Swept away by Caroline's gorgeousness, Eliot quickly proposes marriage to her, but he remains terribly nervous, apparently several past loves were swept away by dashing ex-boyfriends, and he fears the same will happen again.
His darkest fears are realized when Bradley (Justin Theroux), Caroline's annoyingly perfect ex-boyfriend, and childhood sweetheart shows up by surprise at her engagement party, Elliot must watch as his best chance at happiness is stolen from under his nose. Can Elliot actually stay the course and win and marry the beautiful Caroline before Bradley reclaims his prize? Or will he end up with the quietly good-natured Cecil?
The Baxter is one of those movies that will probably be instantly forgettable to most viewers, and it is agreeably silly, but it's also fun to watch and has an offbeat sense of humor that is quite touching. The real strength of the film is that the four leads - Showalter, Williams, Banks, and Theroux imbue the film with a simple, inoffensive charm.Read more ›
Michael Showalter, in my mind a comedic genius, plays a happless bachelor with no prospects. Spell that "nerd accoutnant" who reads the dictionary for entertainment. Elizabeth Banks is in perfect character as his fiance with whom he has absolutely zero chemistry nor a single thing in common.
The audience knows the second the adorable Michelle Williams "Cecile Mills" enters the picture, that they are perfect for one another. I have always thought she is among the best and brightest stars in the business. She really shines in this film and anyone would fall in love with her purely delightful character. AND...she sings!!
Showalter plays Elliot Sherman, "the baxter," a term used for the nice guy that always seems to lose the girl to the more passionate "bad" boy who pops up in romantic comedies. Quite an original idea for a movie, many of the same cast members from "Wet Hot American Summer" (Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, Elizabeth Banks, Joe LoTroglio, AD Miles) pop up in small supporting roles. David Wain is also here doing his thing -- which lends itself to one of the funniest scenes in the film. The great thing about "The Baxter" is that the absurd comedy aspects of the film never infringe on the sweet and serious nature of the story. It's a fine balance of the two.
The only complaints about the DVD is there are basically no special features aside from four brief "blooper" clips. It would've been nice to have an audio commentary by Showalter, and maybe either a short "making of" or some deleted scenes -- but, that's not here. However, the movie is worth owning and gets better with repated viewings.
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Love this movie. One of the best Stella related movies out there.Published 14 months ago by A. Renee
I would like to give this a better rating because of the good performances by Michelle Williams and Elizabeth Banks, but Michael Showalter who wrote, directed and starred in the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by dhart
I absolutely love this movie. The quality of the DVD was flawless & it was packaged very securely.👍😃Published 20 months ago by Jessicah Taylor
The final "guy" life lesson of the movie is one that makes this movie really sink home and memorable. Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by JF
This movie is one of my favorites, and arrived as promised. If you like quirky comedies this should be right up your alley.Published on December 4, 2013 by Miss Moe
funny, sad, a bit truthful i would recommend this move to those who like small comedies, featuring the cast of stella it is a must seePublished on June 19, 2013 by riley thompson