The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

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Critic Consensus: Its story is nothing special, but The Fabulous Baker Boys glows beneath luminous performances from its perfectly cast stars.


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Real-life siblings Beau and Jeff Bridges star as the eponymous Fabulous Baker Boys. Musical prodigies both, the Bakers have long been teamed as a twin-piano act, with the less talented Frank (Beau Bridges) coasting on the skills of his brilliant younger brother, Jack (Jeff Bridges). Their career dwindling to nickel-and-dime dates in second-rate clubs, the Bakers decide that they need a female vocalist to boost their popularity. They select auditioner Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer), who in … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Kloves
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 1998
Runtime:
20th Century Fox

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Cast


as Jack Baker

as Susie Diamond

as Frank Baker

as Monica Moran

as Charlie

as Background

as Girl in Bed

as Vince Nancy

as Kid in Veterinarian'...

as Hotel Masseuse

as Laughing Bar Patron

as Waitress

as Man with Cleaver

as Bathroom Attendant

as Veterinarian

as Doorman

as Bad Singer

as Bad Singer

as Bad Singer

as Bad Singer

as Bad Singer

as Bad Singer

as Background Voice
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Critic Reviews for The Fabulous Baker Boys

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

The fun part is seeing it all play out, thanks to a standout cast and first-time director Steve Kloves' skill in handling them.

Full Review… | July 28, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Much of the credit must go to the actors, with the Bridges brothers making a superb double act.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a film specializing in smoky, down-at-the-heels glamour, and in the kind of smart, slangy dialogue that sounds right without necessarily having much to say.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The Fabulous Baker Boys is like a beloved movie from the glory days of Hollywood. It transports you. It's an American rhapsody.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A thoroughly enjoyable entertainment that should play just about everybody's strings right. Kloves proves to be quite a plucker.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is one of the movies they will use as a document, years from now, when they begin to trace the steps by which Pfeiffer became a great star.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for The Fabulous Baker Boys

An alluring singer joins piano-playing brothers around the nightclub circuit.
The highlights of this film are the performances by the Bridges brothers and Michelle Pfeiffer, who is sultry and has a fantastic singing voice. First-class direction by Steve Kloves also captures some beautiful images, especially Pfeiffer's character, Suzie Diamond, walking down smoky, back-lit stairs and the numerous nightclubs in which the threesome play.
The film's story could have come earlier. The first forty-five minutes -- maybe even hour -- is essentially exposition. The brothers play gigs and discover Suzie, and they play more gigs and travel places. We get that Jeff Bridges's character, Jack, is unhappy, but there is no indication where his happiness comes from until the second act comes too late. Then, the film becomes about a man denying himself his own happiness, the excuses he tells himself to rationalize his fear of success or satisfaction. The film finds its center in Jack; from there, it's a strong character study, and Jeff Bridges give a quiet, subtle, and captivating performance.
The exposition itself isn't hard on the eyes. As I mentioned earlier, Pfeiffer's singing voice and the film's musical numbers are great, especially for those who like classic jazz.
Overall, the film has a mild structural problem, but the strengths of the film make it well worth the time.

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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

Dreary and unconvincing soap opera featuring Michelle Pfeiffer on a piano being "sexy". Apparently.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

The use of the real life Bridges brothers aids this film tremendously as they compete for the affections of Michelle Pfeiffer. Is it intentional that the less talented brother happens to be Beau who is truly far less talented of an actor than brother Jeff? It works.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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