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A man with a "doormat" personality tries standing up for himself for a change in this comedy. Mild mannered tax accountant Elliot Sherman (Michael Showalter) is what he calls a "Baxter": the kind of calm, unexciting fellow who "wears sock garters" and "enjoys raking leaves." Loved by bosses and parents, Elliot is a perfectly nice guy. And that's his problem -- he's safe and pleasant, but not very interesting, so as a consequence he hasn't had much luck with long-term relationships, and more than one woman has abandoned him for someone more… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The performers are fresh and offbeat, with the diminutive Peter Dinklage (Elf, The Station Agent) especially funny as a gay wedding planner named Benson Hedges."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"There are enough laughs that those who enjoyed The 40-Year-Old Virgin might want to take The Baxter for a whirl."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"What comes to mind are TV sitcom pilots full of strain, and the forlornly perky mechanisms of old Day & Hudson comedies."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Every romantic-comedy cliché gets played out, but merely re-enacting those clichés in an arch tone isn't funny enough."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Unlike Woody Allen's nebbishes, who are always the smartest and funniest people on the screen, Elliot is a bore."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Showalter tackles his mission with energy and an upbeat attitude that makes him a winner as a lovable loser."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A droll romantic comedy that relies on a self-deprecating brand of humor which must be a bit of an acquired taste. The film's utter predictably sinks this exercise in obviousms, making its few funny moments not worth waiting for."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"Clearly the filmmakers are trying to make The Baxter look old-fashioned. But there's a modern smugness and superiority that undermines that attempt."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The structure is a miscalculation by Showalter, who inexplicably drives his audience through the exact type of sappy material he had started off satirizing."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Anyone who's seen a few romantic comedies, the older the better, will find something to like about The Baxter."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Only when Williams is around does the movie seem human, true, and funny: Even in her slapstick there's pain. She's almost too good: It's not until she's left a scene that you realize the movie isn't working."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Showalter cria um filme exatamente como seu protagonista: desajeitadamente simpático e divertido."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It doesn't take much imagination to guess who will end up with whom, but The Baxter is agreeably silly and has lots of simple charm."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Perhaps it's only just that a movie about a loser should be a loser itself."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Is this enough on which to hang a full-fledged movie that people will pay to see? Probably not ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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