The Baxter (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  24 April 2005 (USA)
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In the style of a Howard Hawks comedy, Baxter follows the twists and turns of a young man's life during the two weeks before his wedding.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliot Sherman
Caroline Swann
Bradley Lake
Wendall Wimms
Benson Hedges
Dan Abbott
Sonya Simmons
Jon DeVries ...
Alan Swann
Donna Mitchell ...
Judy Swann
Kate Lewis
Louis Lewis
Jim DeMarse ...
Leonard Sherman


In the style of a Howard Hawks comedy, Baxter follows the twists and turns of a young man's life during the two weeks before his wedding.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A romantic comedy for anyone who's ever been dumped.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sexual humor and some drug references | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

24 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bakouri apo kounia  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$37,437 (USA) (26 August 2005)


$181,872 (USA) (14 October 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The church scene was filmed at Christ Church on Clinton and Kane Streets, Brooklyn See more »


In the Dartmouth pep rally flashback, Tanner is holding a girl's lacrosse stick. See more »


Cecil Mills: You know how I said they had singing in Cincinnati? I lied.
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Crazy Credits

There are two additional scenes after the movie ends. After the first half of credits, a new scene appears showing the ending from the perspective of Dan (Paul Rudd), who finds himself a Baxter as well. After all of the credits is an additional scene with Elliot's friends from the bar after he left, telling another story. See more »


References My Dinner with Andre (1981) See more »


Written by Lara Meyerratken (as Laura Meyerratken)
Performed by Michelle Williams
Courtesy of Laura Meyerratken
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Sweet and neurotic
23 December 2005 | by (Planet Earth) – See all my reviews

The wonderful thing about browsing video stores is coming across films that never came to your local theater - because they were filled with garbage such as "Fever Pitch" and "Be Cool" - and finding out these small films are actually pretty good.

"The Baxter" is certainly one of those films. It's surprisingly sweet without getting maudlin. The characters' neuroses are all charming without ever seeming to be unnatural. And the film's also awfully funny.

It's helped immensely by a superbly deadpan performance by Michael Showalter. He plays his character completely straight and the laughs come naturally. And the always wonderful Michelle Williams again proves why she's quite possibly one of the most under-rated actresses today. She's so good at playing slightly quirky people without ever seeming odd. Just take a look at turn in "The Station Agent" (2003).

The film gets wonderful supporting work from Elizabeth Banks, Justin Theroux - his entrance is priceless - and a genuinely funny cameo from Peter Dinklage.

"The Baxter" isn't the greatest comedy, but it's certainly better than most of the fare that's in theaters right now. It has a certain honesty. You can't help but feel for the title character and his predicaments. Most of us have been there and it's hard not to like this chap. He also surrounds himself with oddballs who never take away anything from the film. Of course, they're movie people but they add something unique to this special little film.

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