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The Baxter (2005)

 -  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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Elliot Sherman
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Caroline Swann
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Bradley Lake
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Wendall Wimms
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Ed
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Stella
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Benson Hedges
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Dan Abbott
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Sonya Simmons
Jon DeVries ...
Alan Swann
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Judy Swann
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Kate Lewis
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Louis Lewis
Jim DeMarse ...
Leonard Sherman
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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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A romantic comedy for anyone who's ever been dumped.

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Rated PG-13 for brief sexual humor and some drug references | See all certifications »
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$37,437 (USA) (26 August 2005)

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$181,872 (USA) (14 October 2005)
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Michael Ian Black and Catherine Lloyd Burns play a couple named "Ed" and "Stella". These are the names of two television shows starring Michael Ian Black. See more »

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In the opening wedding scene, the father of the bride (Caroline) places her hand in the groom, Elliott's hand. In the second version toward the film's end, he doesn't. See more »

Quotes

Louis Lewis: What'd ya get there? You went for the forty? Aww yeah, don't get me started on my college days. I put one of these away myself.
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Written by Craig Wedren
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Performed by Baby (as BABY) featuring Peter Salett
Produced by Craig Wedren
Mixed by Lee Mars
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Completely enjoyable
21 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A quirky premise and some delightful performances made this film refreshingly true to its stated goal. Showalter is charmingly awkward and perplexed throughout, as a "baxter," one of the guys who are always left alone at the altar when their brides' true loves return to abduct them. Michelle Williams is exceptional in her role, and Jon DeVries and Peter Dinklage both contribute some great comedic moments.

A few sour notes rang out, including Elizabeth Banks' performance as Caroline Swann, which seemed confused and inconsistent. But The Baxter's power is in its non-standard take on old romance stereotypes. The impassioned speeches of each reformed lover to his girl are wonderfully recast from the perspective of the safe, nice guy who is our protagonist here. True love for him is not in being a daredevil or a risk-taker, but simply being himself and taking the opportunity that presents itself. As a new kind of romantic comedy that doesn't necessarily play by the rules, The Baxter succeeds in many ways.


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