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They`re (the Baxters) trying very hard. It just doesn`t come naturally. They don`t have a gift for it.

Baxters overdo it. The Baxter is the guy who`s going to take a girl to the best restaurant in town, having no clue if it`s appropriate for her. All that matters is, it`s the best. Anything recommended as the most romantic place, that`s where you`ll find the Baxter.

He`ll cook too complicated a dinner, and it backfires. Or, he`ll plan the whole night out minute by minute.

(In contrast, the non-Baxter will simply go with his gut:) he has a spontaneous, `Hey, what`s that thing across the street?` thing, ... And, of course, it`s perfect.

Their unifying characteristic is they`re not romantic. They have this inability to recognize the simple romantic needs of their counterpart. They just never know the right thing!

David (Wain) and I had been writing a spoof of romantic comedies, and we started thinking about this stereotypical character. We started imagining an entire movie about him.

In each case, the minute you see them, you know they`re wrong, ... The instant they walk on the screen, they give you some information that immediately makes the audience turn to the person sitting next to them and say, `He`s wrong for her. It`ll never work out.`

She`s sweet and she`s nice, she`s just not Andie MacDowell. God forbid, you`re not Andie MacDowell. You`re just a person, ... I`m playing with that whole idea that the characters have these quirks about their personalities that we`ve been conditioned to believe equal wrongness.

John Roberts is a Baxter. Have you seen his hair? It`s parted with a snow shovel!

There`s a Baxter in every single romantic comedy,


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