The Baxter (2005)



Critic Consensus: The Baxter is good-natured, but there are simply not enough laughs to fuel this comedy.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Showalter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 13, 2005
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as Elliot Wendall Sherm...

as Caroline Swann

as Cecil Mills

as Bradley Lake

as Wendall Wimms

as Benson Hedges

as Dan Abbott

as Sonya Simmons

as Alan Swann

as Judy Swann

as Louis Lewis

as Leonard Sherman

as Sheila Sherman

as Bar Baxter No. 1

as Bar Baxter No. 2

as Bar Baxter No. 3

as Bar Baxter No. 4

as Young Elliot

as Serena

as Tanner Bates

as Jack Mechanic

as Pastor Pritchard

as Interpretive Dancer

as Wedding Guest

as Bridesmaid
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Critic Reviews for The Baxter

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (31)

The performers are fresh and offbeat, with the diminutive Peter Dinklage (Elf, The Station Agent) especially funny as a gay wedding planner named Benson Hedges.

Full Review… | April 6, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Showalter tackles his mission with energy and an upbeat attitude that makes him a winner as a lovable loser.

Full Review… | September 29, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

There are enough laughs that those who enjoyed The 40-Year-Old Virgin might want to take The Baxter for a whirl.

Full Review… | September 22, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Showalter all-too-slavishly follows the lock-step school of formula romance.

Full Review… | September 16, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

A droll romantic comedy that relies on a self-deprecating brand of humor which must be a bit of an acquired taste. The film's utter predictably sinks this exercise in obviousms, making its few funny moments not worth waiting for.

Full Review… | July 19, 2007
Upstage Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Baxter


CUTE! Peter Dinklage completely stole the movie, as he always does. Michelle Williams is adorable, as she always is. Very cute and offbeat.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

this low-key comedy invents a culture of upscale WASP nerddom that Showalter gets to act out with the maximum mannerisms; Rudd and Banks are unfortunately diminished, mostly by mediocre dialogue; a major step forward in portraying the ultra-cool romantic rival as shallow and tiresome, showing how a person can still look pretty lame even after they fulfill a hip-suave-sensitive checklist--more realistic than Bradley Cooper in Wedding Crashers, the long-delayed post-PC-evolution of the Omega Theta Pi psychopaths in Animal House

Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

A really great and innovative way of doing a romantic comedy.

James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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