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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 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

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

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Watching the Detectives (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

When Your Man is Wild
Written by Craig Wedren
Melt Listen Music (BMI)
Performed by Craig Wedren & Rashida Jones
Produced by Craig Wedren
Mixed by Lee Mars
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A charmer and an audience-pleaser
19 July 2005 | by dgsweetSee all my reviews

Saw this at the Maine International Film Festival. It shares some characteristics with prime Woody Allen -- an affection for New York (warmly shot) and a sure sense of casting supporting actors.

Is it a ground-breaking comedy? No. But it is thoroughly charming and entertaining and had the audience laughing at all the moments it intended. The truth is, most people identify not with the pretty leads in glossy romantic comedies but with the zhlubs, and this is a film that gives us permission to identify with the zhlubs (without demonizing the pretty people). There aren't a lot of uncynical comedies out there, and this is a welcome one.

It's also valuable for people casting in the New York area -- there are enough engaging performers in here to cast three or four movies.


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Official Sites:

IFC [United States]

Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,437, 28 August 2005

Gross USA:

$181,872

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,872
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1.85 : 1
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