"What brings you by?"
"Sometimes destiny calls and you either answer the call or you hang up the phone, do you know what I'm saying?"
"...I hope not."

The Baxter

A while back I was talking to Rosetta (we're now very good friends who live like a block from each other) about my occasional feeling of being the "other guy"... we had just watched Back Beat and like I wrote 9 years ago, I've always identified more with Klaus in that film, and Anais Nin's husband Hugo in "Henry and June" than I do with the male leads.

Well, she had the perfect film for me... it's called The Baxter and I can't believe I missed it the first time out... it has a topnotch "B list" cast, and is the sweetest, funniest film I've seen in a long while.

The main character is a Certified Public Accountant, and that's not just his job, that's his lifestyle. When he seems to pass over fellow nerdling Cecil Mills (heh) for gorgeous go-getter Caroline Swann, you know trouble is brewing.

This is the story of the other guy, the one left standing behind at altar, shell-shocked, as the romantic lead bursts in at the back of the chapel and they run off to their predestined love. (Check out the Preview on Apple.com)

It's one of the cheeriest, most delightful movies I've seen in a long while. And just plain funny, in a very formalistic way. Yes, you know exactly what dumb, cringe-inducing moves the characters are going to make, but that doesn't stop your enjoyment as they go ahead and make them anyway.

This flick deserved a lot more attention than it got, and I'd really suggest everyone go out and buy or rent a copy tonight.

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