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 a success, which is inevitably threatened by Susie's growing popularity and by Jack's insistence upon pursuing an affair with the girl. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Two guys, a girl, cigarettes, atmosphere, rivalry, sex, - love? There is not one new idea in this film, but the way the Bridges brothers and Michelle Pfeiffer inhabit their roles is irresistble. This may have been the last time in the history of movies where a man lighting a woman's cigarette was worth a thousand words. Dave Grusin's music direction is perfect. Michelle Pfeiffer sings the songs herself & hauntingly. Not graphic, and all the more sexy for it.
This movie has one of the finest music sound tracks I've ever heard. The storyline incorporates lots of great piano and vocal performances from the three stars. From the credits, many of the songs were actually done by the stars themselves. Rent it just for the soundtrack, you won't be disappointed.
"An Oldie" but "Goodie" in light of Jeff Bridges' continued success in film. I had seen the film 20 years ago, but it still has a charm. I wish Beau Bridges and Michelle Pfieffer were more recognized also for their talents as displayed in the movie. Rainy Seattle comes across as a city into its musical life and that hasn't changed.