Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

Jeff Bridges Film Fest Movie #15

Synopsis: Brother, can you spare a... dame

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Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “In the last 15 years Jack Baker (Jeff Bridges) and Frank Baker (Beau Bridges) have played every hotel and cocktail lounge they could book. But lately business has been off and they decide to hire Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer), a chain-smoking, hard-talking beauty with a terrific voice.” 

What Did I Learn?: The song “Feelings” is a lot like parsley. Take it away, and nobody will notice the difference. 

You Might Like This Movie If: You know there's nothing original in Hollywood anymore.
Really?: So wait – the Baker brothers have performed together for a good 15 years, and in all of that time, Jack (Jeff Bridges) never once told Frank (Beau Bridges) that he didn’t like to be addressed as “little brother”?

Rating: Filled with great music, The Fabulous Baker Boys is a sometimes-funny, occasionally-poignant character-driven drama about sibling rivalry, and finding the courage to take a chance. Pfeiffer is incredibly sexy as the jaded Susie, while Jeff and Beau are perfectly cast as the bickering brothers. Oh – watch for Jennifer Tilly as a waitress and wannabe singer. Highly recommended. 9/10 stars.

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