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  • What I love about this movie is that the plot is very simple, so it all focuses heavily on the three main characters and the way they relate to each other
  • I like the ways the movie answers these questions
  • I would definitely recommend The Fabulous Baker Boys, as long as you are not too offended by profanity, as Jack and Susie do quite a bit of cursing throughout the film
  • I think they both had a kind of streetwise depth, and the writer of the film did a great job of conveying that through their dialogue

    • by Lisa Pellegrini
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      I first saw “The Fabulous Baker Boys” about twenty years ago, but I still catch parts of it now when it shows up on one of the cable channels. The movie is a straightforward drama about brothers Frank and Jack Baker, portrayed by real-life brothers Beau and Jeff Bridges. Frank and Jack are a musical duo who have made a career out of playing piano in local nightclubs. Eventually they arrive at a point where they decide to add some excitement to their act by hiring a female singer. Enter Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer), a sexy ex-call girl with a sultry voice that really brings in the crowds for Frank and Jack.

      Suddenly they are getting opportunities to play


      in beautiful hotels, where they attract a more widespread audience than ever before. But will Jack and Susie’s attraction to each other ultimately threaten the successful trio? What I love about this movie is that the plot is very simple, so it all focuses heavily on the three main characters and the way they relate to each other. And we have three great actors here who are really up to the task of making their characters come alive. The acting from all three is very natural and believable. The brothers are opposites in both their personalities and their views on life. Frank is sort of the anal retentive, serious type who takes care of the group’s financial needs. Jack is more laid back and carefree, living in a shabby apartment and not having the responsibilities of a wife and family to care for, like Frank does. Jack secretly wants out of the musical act so that he can pursue his own dreams of playing solo, but he is afraid of damaging his relationship with his brother.

      The movie poses some interesting questions. Jack and Susie are both fragile souls, in a way, as they both long to be accepted and loved for who they are. Can they have a real future together? Will Susie give Jack the encouragement he needs in order to sever his professional ties with Frank? I like the ways the movie answers these ...


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      questions. It does it in such a way that it really made me care about these characters. I would love to see a sequel, because the ending raised some questions in my mind about what happened to the characters after the credits rolled. The musical numbers are engaging, as Michelle Pfeiffer has a smokey singing voice that draws you in and makes you want to listen. The overall mood and tone of the movie is earthy and gritty, which was a refreshing change of pace from the usual fairy-tale glossiness that Hollywood puts into so many of its movies. That grittiness makes the movie feel so much more real, as it ties in perfectly with the harsh realities
      that these characters face as they struggle for success in an often bitterly cold world.

      I would definitely recommend “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” as long as you are not too offended by profanity, as Jack and Susie do quite a bit of cursing throughout the film. I think they both had a kind of streetwise depth, and the writer of the film did a great job of conveying that through their dialogue. It is not corny or sappy by any means. Jeff Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer also did a wonderful job conveying that depth through their facial expressions and body language. This is an excellent film that I could (and have) seen again and again without getting tired of it.




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