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The Baxter (2005) written and directed by Michael Showalter, is a very predictable--but enjoyable--movie.
Director Showalter has cast himself as Elliot Wendall Sherman, "The Baxter." "The Baxter" is the man who, although perfectly decent, gets left behind at the wedding altar when the romantic hero appears at the last possible moment.
Elizabeth Banks plays the elegant Caroline Swann, who falls in love--sort of--with Elliot. Michelle Williams is Cecil Mills, a girl-next-door type who has newly arrived in NYC.
The question, of course, is not what will happen--obvious--but how it will happen. The plot is weakened by unlikely premise that someone like Caroline would consider marrying Elliot.
Michelle Williams is delightful as the innocent young thing, and it would be quibbling to demand cinema verite from this film.
Just enjoy it for what it is--not memorable or ambitious, just pleasant and enjoyable.
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