The Fabulous Baker Boys
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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 addition to being a gifted songstress is drop-dead gorgeous. The newly renovated Baker Boys act scores… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The fun part is seeing it all play out, thanks to a standout cast and first-time director Steve Kloves' skill in handling them."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A thoroughly enjoyable entertainment that should play just about everybody's strings right. Kloves proves to be quite a plucker."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"What I really enjoyed about The Fabulous Baker Boys is the way it balances between the three key characters, as well as the outside world that they're up against."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"A completely engaging, thoroughly entertaining romantic comedy structured entirely on the strength of its main characters. One of the ten-best of 1989."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Simmering performances from the three lead characters that hit all the right buttons in this portrait of sibling rivalry."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Much of the credit must go to the actors, with the Bridges brothers making a superb double act."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The Fabulous Baker Boys is like a beloved movie from the glory days of Hollywood. It transports you. It's an American rhapsody."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Writer/director Steve Kloves (this was his first film) keeps his characters grounded as people..."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"There have been only three truly breathtaking torch singers in movie history: Rita Hayworth, Jessica Rabbit, and Michelle Pfeiffer."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"f the film is watchable, it is mostly for the attraction of the actors. The story itself is as slow and languorous as one of Ms. Pfeiffer's songs."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Kloves' directorial debut features three superlative performances by Jeff and Beau Bridges (as bickering siblings) and particularly Michelle Pfeiffer, who's at her sexiest with a show-stopping number atop a piano in red dress!"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Great script, strong performances, wonderful music ... and Michelle Pfeiffer at her absolute sexiest."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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