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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.

Genres:

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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Trivia

A Baxter is the character in every romantic comedy who is the "sensible" choice. He/she is the current boyfriend/fiance of one of the main characters, who gets left at the altar/airport/wedding rehearsal when the main character realizes she's in love with the unpredictable passionate romantic interest. See more »

Goofs

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

References Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »

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Written by Theodore Shapiro, Craig Wedren, Amy Miles
Mudluscious Music (BMI) / Spirit Music, Melt Listen Music (BMI), Amy Miles (ASCAP)
Performed by Craig Wedren, Lee Mars & Amy Miles
Produced by Craig Wedren
Mixed by Lee Mars
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strange game
21 December 2005 | by disdoncSee all my reviews

If you've seen The Baxter, you know there is a scene at a bar in which Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux play a strange game which has two steps: a rhythmic, nonsensical prelude (tapping elbows on the table, pinching one's nose, etc.) followed by a non-sequiturial comment uttered in a cartoon voice. It is hysterical and I've pitched it to my friends who'll play along after a few drinks. My question is, Has anyone ever heard of this game before or is it something made up for the movie? Also, Is it a game (If so, what are its rules?) or is it merely a way to pass the time, like twiddling thumbs? I've been drinking in bars now for fifteen years. Bars in New Orleans. Bars in San Francisco. Bars in New York. Bars in every one of our big, fat American cities and I have never come across it. Or if I have, I was too drunk to remember. If you have news of this game, please pass it on.


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