The Fabulous Baker Boys

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"For 31 years it's been just the Fabulous Baker Boys... but times change."
  • R
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 54 min
  • 6.9  (25,794)
  • 85

The Fabulous Baker Boys is a 1989 film that stars Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer. The movie revolved around two musician brothers, Jack (played by Jeff Bridges) and Frank Baker (played by Beau Bridges) who had been playing piano together since they were children. After years of playing in hotel lounges and living paycheck to paycheck, the brothers decided it was time to shake things up and become a real musical act.

The brothers hired a female singer named Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) to perform with them, and soon found that their career took off as a result. However, as their popularity grew, the brothers found themselves at a crossroads. While Frank was content to continue playing their traditional jazz music, Jack yearned to experiment with new sounds and styles.

The movie takes viewers on a journey through the highs and lows of the trio's burgeoning careers, as they play gigs across the country, record an album, and deal with the emotional and personal struggles that come with fame and success.

The movie is a beautiful exploration of the music industry and the dynamic between siblings. The film effectively showcases the competitive nature of the music world, as the brothers are forced to face the reality that they may not always be able to play together, due to the constant changes in the industry. It also explores the idea that sometimes even the closest of siblings may not be as close as they appear.

The strength of the film lies in the chemistry between the actors. Jeff Bridges delivers a standout performance as the restless and determined Jack, while Beau Bridges shines as the more pragmatic and cautious Frank. Pfeiffer, too, gives a memorable performance as the sultry singer Susie Diamond, who has her own demons to fight.

The movie is also notable for its outstanding soundtrack. The songs are a mix of classic jazz and blues, as well as original numbers composed specifically for the film. The performances are fantastic; lending a great sense of authenticity to the musical numbers.

Although the movie is not without its flaws, (primarily in pacing issues), it is a warm and enjoyable film that remains a relevant and affecting portrayal of the harsh realities of the music industry. The film explores themes of love, loss and ambition, and acts as a metaphor for the challenges of navigating the music industry.

Overall, The Fabulous Baker Boys is a film that is worth watching for its strong performances, excellent soundtrack and a powerful portrayal of the world of music. The movie has stood the test of time and is still relevant today. It remains as one of the strongest musical dramas in Hollywood history.

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