The new issue of Playboy is out this month and one interesting movie highlight included "The Baxter." This romantic comedy is from writer/director/star Michael Showalter and about the guy who doesn't get the girl in the romantic comedy. You know, the guy left standing down the aisle as the bride rushes off to her true love, or the guy left at the Valentine's Day dinner as his true love rushes off to meet her true love. He's the "wrong guy," but is often a nice guy. Sometimes it works out for The Baxter as some woman "settles" for him, but he's not "the one." And, she'll probably leave/cheat on him. Great.
Bill Pullman is my favorite Baxter. He is the quintessential Baxter as Walter in "Sleepless in Seattle." He is also a married Baxter in (one of my favorites) "Igby Goes Down," Pullman plays the sad, loser character that clearly was "settled" for and whose wife cheats on him. Pullman is even Mr. Wrong in "Mr. Wrong" and the doctor in "Singles" that doesn't land Bridget Fonda.
I am also best friends with a Baxter. He is a med student in Oklahoma, handsome and one of best guys I know. But, for whatever reason, he just can't get/keep a nice girl. I think it's more than just he's "too nice" or because he has "husband" written all over his face (which actually, many girls do not like--even in Oklahoma).
At one point in "The Baxter" a chacter explains why he just can't get the girl: "Your problem is that you're not willing to take a risk. Leading men take risks."