Infidelity Week: The Baxter (2005). THIS MOVIE ISN’T ABOUT THEM. IT’S ABOUT ME. by Michelle Said. I once dated a guy who told me that his friends had a code when picking up girls. If a girl had a boyfriend but the guy was an asshole to her, then it was okay to try and woo her. I thought that was the most horrible thing I’d ever heard.
“Clearly, you guys have been watching too many romantic comedies,” I said. He argued, “But it’s true. If you think someone is with the wrong guy and you might be the right guy, then you should do something. “. I didn’t know it at that point, but what my ex and his friend were describing is the premise of The Baxter. written and directed by The State ’s Michael Showalter.
Http:// The-Baxter.htm In the style of a Howard Hawks comedy, Baxter follows the twists and turns of a. Nieudacznik ( 2005) - Przyjemna historia pewnego życiowego nieudacznika, który zakochuje się w dziewczynie z zupełnie innego świata. The Baxter.
I still think it's a terrible thing to do, willfully break up a couple for your own personal gain, no matter how fated or supposedly good your intentions are. I suppose they were just adhering to that old adage about love and war, and I was the stodgy lady on the sidelines, screaming, Think of the children! Won’t somebody please think of the children. To fully understand the concept of the movie, you have to know the definition of a Baxter. A Baxter is the guy in the movie who gets left behind when the leading man sweeps the leading lady off her feet. Usually extraordinarily milquetoast, a Baxter is, above all, clearly wrong for a protagonist. This archetype has been seen in films ranging from The Graduate to The Wedding Singer to Eat, Pray, Love.
We always see the camera pan over to the happy couple, never focusing on the man or woman left behind, unless the Baxter happens to be a major asshole, and then we focus on his or her comeuppance. Elliott is not an Evil Baxter. In fact, he’s a pretty much typical Baxter: a bit fuddy and uptight, an accountant by profession who reads the dictionary for fun. He meets Cecil, a cute temp with mousy brown hair and a bit of an overbite, played by Michelle Williams. She, too, reads the dictionary for fun and sings caberet in the off hours, kind of like Annie Hall.
Http:// The-Baxter.htm In the style of a Howard Hawks comedy, Baxter follows the twists and turns of a.
But right after he meets her, he encounters another woman. She is Caroline Swan (Elizabeth Banks), a journalist from a wealthy family with lavender blonde hair and eyes as blue as ice, who looks like she flew straight in from a Hitchcock film. Elliott becomes wrapped up in the idea of her, the concept of this lavender blonde journalist. They become entangled in a polite, dry affair, one of clinical dinners and passive-aggressive tiffs. Eventually they decide to marry. Over the course of planning their wedding, she gets back in touch with her high school boyfriend and then, well, it’s all written out from the beginning, a scene wherein her high school boyfriend bursts into church, declares his love and the two live happily ever after. Since this is a riff on a cinematic archetype, the movie is filled with generous odes to other films, making it feel a bit like a valentine to the romantic comedy genre.
Trying to guess which part of the movie was cribbed from another movie is a game in and of itself. By my count: T he Graduate, Singles, Annie Hall, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail … really, Meg Ryan’s entire opus, The Truth About Cats & Dogs. Love Actually … the list goes on and on.
And while this movie comprised entirely of other movies isn’t completely successful, it does address this issue that seems to have been ignored by films. Specifically, what happens to those who were left behind. The Baxter is a movie for the dumped. Have you ever been dumped? It’s awful. It feels like you weren’t good enough. Someone had taken in the whole of you, the whole messy, or neat, or strange, or funny, or ridiculous part of you and said, “Next!” And then, if you have been dumped and you see your ex a few short days later with their arm looped around another’s waist, your brain automatically calculates the difference.
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- We are informed early in " The Baxter " that " the baxter " is a term for the guy in a movie who never gets the girl. This came as news to me, and I.
Divide by two, carry the one. "They were falling for them while they were still with me ,” you realize. Maybe they didn’t even kiss. Maybe they just stood there awkwardly in the kitchen while you were in the other room putting on your driving cap. Maybe they were flirting without greater intent. Maybe it just happened. But whatever it was, it was the beginning of the end for your relationship.
Their romance is just starting while you are left to pick up the pieces. There’s this scene in The Baxter that kills me, in that kind of true, stinging way.
Elliott’s fiance has invited her long lost love to accompany them on the romantic dinner Elliott had carefully planned in an attempt to woo her back. Elliott, sensing impending doom, clings to her. He makes fool of himself in the process, acting stupidly pompous and inflexible in a desperate attempt to gain ground.
We watch as he sits across the table from the soon-to-be couple, fully miserable, knowing, deep down, he has already lost her. It’s been that way his whole life—he never does the right thing to win the girl. He details his romantic failures to Cecil dating all the way back to high school. “You should have run after her,” she says. "You should have asked her to dance. ” To be the romantic hero, you have to do the unique thing, one that makes the girl feel special.
Elliott, who had been focused on standard romance and the standard girl, the girl that society had bred in him to covet, had been ignoring his own needs and desires and so therefore threw out cliche aspects of romance, subconciously turning himself into someone undesirable. The thing is, with the right girl, the spontaneous touches of romance come easily.
Cecil. She is the girl for him. Eventually, he inches closer to her.
He discovers she has a boyfriend, and so keeps his distance. But after he gets left at the altar, he goes for the sweeping moment, the panning cameras, the perfect gift, and runs over Brooklyn Bridge to her to declare his love. He wins.
He gets the girl. But in the process he, too, infringes on another relationship.
The movie doesn’t ignore that there is another Baxter here, Cecil’s boyfriend, played by Paul Rudd. (Not that anyone would drop out of a relationship with Paul Rudd. Come on. ) The cycle moves forward, with Paul Rudd narrating the end of their story as the beginning of his own. Maybe some guys do think like my ex-boyfriend and his friends.
Michael Showalter seems to. What if the person who is right for you is already with someone else? Do you go for it? Maybe.
Maybe not. When do you stop being the Baxter and start being the leading man. Michelle Said begs you to think of the children.
She tumbls here.