It's a given that dorky accountant Elliot (Showalter) has no chance of marrying
his Waspy blond fiancée (Elizabeth Banks). The question is whether he'll realize
that the mousy office temp (Williams) is the woman he's destined to be with.
Neither the writer-director-actor's dexterous duty-juggling nor Williams's daffy
turn can save the movie from being self-consciously wispy to a fault; even by
romantic-comedy standards, this is one airy confection. But The Baxter, like its
protagonist, manages to squeak by on nice-guy charm. Somewhere, Ralph Bellamy is
beaming like a proud papa.