The Baxter

Critics Consensus

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

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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

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (51)

  • 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…
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    September 24, 2005 | Rating: B | 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…
  • 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…

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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