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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elliot Sherman
... Caroline Swann
... Cecil Mills
... Bradley Lake
... Wendall Wimms
... Ed
... Stella
... Benson Hedges
... Dan Abbott
... Sonya Simmons
Jon DeVries ... Alan Swann
... Judy Swann
... Kate Lewis
... 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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Comedy | Romance

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

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Opening Weekend USA:

$37,437, 28 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$181,872, 16 October 2005
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Despite playing a couple in the film, Michelle Williams and Paul Rudd never actually share any scenes together. See more »

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

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

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References My Dinner with Andre (1981) See more »

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Fall In
Written by Craig Wedren
Melt Listen Music (BMI)
Performed by Birdman (as BABY) featuring Peter Salett
Produced by Craig Wedren
Mixed by Lee Mars
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Sweet and neurotic
23 December 2005 | by 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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