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The Baxter (2005)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 74
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 50

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


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 20

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



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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


Comedy, Romance

Michael Showalter

Dec 13, 2005

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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.

April 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Showalter tackles his mission with energy and an upbeat attitude that makes him a winner as a lovable loser.

September 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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There are enough laughs that those who enjoyed The 40-Year-Old Virgin might want to take The Baxter for a whirl.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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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.

July 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine | Comments (2)
Upstage Magazine

Showalter cria um filme exatamente como seu protagonista: desajeitadamente simpático e divertido.

March 15, 2006
Cinema em Cena

What comes to mind are TV sitcom pilots full of strain, and the forlornly perky mechanisms of old Day & Hudson comedies.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Clearly the filmmakers are trying to make The Baxter look old-fashioned. But there's a modern smugness and superiority that undermines that attempt.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It doesn't take much imagination to guess who will end up with whom, but The Baxter is agreeably silly and has lots of simple charm.

September 30, 2005 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Every romantic-comedy cliché gets played out, but merely re-enacting those clichés in an arch tone isn't funny enough.

September 30, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

The structure is a miscalculation by Showalter, who inexplicably drives his audience through the exact type of sappy material he had started off satirizing.

September 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Perhaps it's only just that a movie about a loser should be a loser itself.

September 25, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Unlike Woody Allen's nebbishes, who are always the smartest and funniest people on the screen, Elliot is a bore.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Anyone who's seen a few romantic comedies, the older the better, will find something to like about The Baxter.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Is this enough on which to hang a full-fledged movie that people will pay to see? Probably not ...

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The biggest failing of The Baxter is that the humor is often just too obscure.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Think of "The Baxter" as "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dumped."

September 23, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The movie is like an extremely faithful cover version of a song you like -- it adds nothing new, so what's the point?

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

With seemingly thousands of romantic comedies to slay, Showalter wound up joining the party instead of peeing in the punch.

September 20, 2005 Full Review Source:

Conceptually...The Baxter is hobbled, and all Showalter has is his concept.

September 18, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Baxter

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
August 14, 2009

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A really great and innovative way of doing a romantic comedy.
December 29, 2007

Super Reviewer

One of the most underrated movies ever. If you liked The State you'll definitely like this.
November 6, 2006

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