The Baxter

2005, Romance, 1h 31m

76 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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

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Elliot Sherman (Michael Showalter) has had terrible luck with women during his life, losing three of them to ex-boyfriends in outlandish situations. Now, a week before he is to marry Caroline (Elizabeth Banks), she mentions an old high-school boyfriend, Bradley (Justin Theroux), and Elliot worries that the curse is about to strike again. A co-worker named Cecil (Michelle Williams) attempts to reassure him, but trying not to give in to anxiety only makes things worse.

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Critic Reviews for The Baxter

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

    September 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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    September 24, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Showalter's Elliot, self-described as the kind of guy who gets hay fever just raking the leaves, never breaks out of the Baxter clich. Frankly, he makes a pretty good case for why the sad sack never gets the girl.

    September 18, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Showalter tackles his mission with energy and an upbeat attitude that makes him a winner as a lovable loser.

    September 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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    September 24, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • His hipster doofus is a complete character he's created to win over girls, and there's not really anything sincere or real about it. His sad sack loser in The Baxter is so annoyingly emasculated that it didn't feel honest, ever

    July 2, 2021 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Baxter

  • Aug 14, 2009
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2008
    The entire movie was spelled out only two minutes in, and yet they still made it a fun ride. Great characters, especially the wedding planner (played by <a href="http://www.flixster.com/actor/peter-dinklage">Peter Dinklage</a>).
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2008
    Pretty bad. Michele Williams and Michael Ian Black are kind are fun to see but other than that, it's brutal and unfunny.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2007
    A really great and innovative way of doing a romantic comedy.
    James A Super Reviewer

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