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2.14: The Baxter

November 1, 2015

Movie analysis of the independent comedy The Baxter by Michael Showalter. The film centers around the character in a romantic movie who is left at the alter. He is the guy who the leading lady starts dating after breaking up with the leading man. He is a nice guy, but he is not right for her. And this movie shows us exactly why. 

In my analysis, I talk about the defining features of a Baxter (aka. Nice Guy). Namely, they are naive losers who don't know what they really want or need out of life and relationships. I discuss how the aversion to taking risks is often falsely cited as the cause of the Baxter's failure to maintain a relationship, and how we demand these men to change who they are to fit a more idealized version of masculinity. 

At the top of the show, I discuss the viral video of the boy who knocks a girl off her bike with a basketball. I talk about how catcalling is deeply rooted to men's upbringing, and I share my theory as to why men catcall women in the first place. 


Boy Knocks Girl Off Bike With Basketball - The Young Turks - 

MATE: Become The Man Women Want by Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller - Mating Grounds - 

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg - Modern Romance - 

Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era by Michael Kimmel - 

- Movie dialogue and sound clips from The Baxter courtesy of IFC Films