The Baxter

Rated PG-13 2005

Take the romantic-comedy archetype of the guy-who-isn't-the-hero -- you know, the one who gets dumped at the altar at the last second when the hero comes running in and makes his honest declaration of love to the heroine. This, finally, is a movie about that guy. Writer-director Michael Showalter, formerly of MTV's The State, plays an accountant named Elliot, who's nice but not especially interesting. Engaged to a stunning blonde (Elizabeth Banks), he freaks out when her sensitive, hunky ex (Justin Theroux) returns, knowing that it's his destiny to get dumped at the last minute. While it's easy to relate to Elliot's situation, it's hard to relate to Elliot himself -- he's really quite boring. Showalter looks and acts more like an alien who has 95 percent of human behavior down pat, but hasn't quite made it to total assimilation. The same could be said of his sense of humor.


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