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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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Michael Showalter

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Showalter ... Elliot Sherman
Elizabeth Banks ... Caroline Swann
Michelle Williams ... Cecil Mills
Justin Theroux ... Bradley Lake
Zak Orth ... Wendall Wimms
Michael Ian Black ... Ed
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Stella
Peter Dinklage ... Benson Hedges
Paul Rudd ... Dan Abbott
Katharine Powell ... Sonya Simmons
Jon DeVries Jon DeVries ... Alan Swann
Donna Mitchell ... Judy Swann
Haviland Morris ... Kate Lewis
David Wain ... Louis Lewis
Jim DeMarse 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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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

IFC [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Encalhado See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,437, 28 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$181,872, 16 October 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite playing a couple in the film, Michelle Williams and Paul Rudd never actually share any scenes together. See more »

Goofs

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

Ed: I mean Elliot, you got my knickers all up in a pinch here!
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... everyone at Goldcrest ... See more »

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References The Mighty Mouse Playhouse (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Songs without Words: Aria
Performed especially for 'The Baxter' by Fred Hersch
Composed by Fred Hersch
Published by Fred Hersch Music
World Rights Controlled by Deganawidah Music (BMI)
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A true romantic comedy
28 August 2010 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

I'll go so far as to say "The Baxter" is a true romantic comedy. It's the type of romance that we want to believe in, and it's very funny.

Written by, directed by, and starring Michael Showalter, he's a baxter. He's the type of man that women settle for, or leave, for their more handsome ex. He plays it with such awkwardness and quirky charm that it's impossible not to fall for him, and laugh with him along the way. The movie begins with him meeting two women, Michelle Williams who has the same awkwardness and quirky charm, and the beautiful Elizabeth Banks. He's captivated by Banks' beauty, but immediately wary of her "perfect" ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux).

It's a comedy of exes and trying to hold on to true love, whatever that may be. It's the classic romantic comedy tale, except told from a different angle - the point of view of "The Baxter". He's the hero that we can completely relate to, and not so much feel sorry for, but just laugh and enjoy our time with. The comedy is smart, fresh, and very, very funny. My recommendation is to watch it, and to watch all the way through to the end of the credits - they add another little twist which most romantic comedies aren't self-aware enough to include.


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