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The Fabulous Baker Boys
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02.27.2007 By: Quigles
The Fabulous Baker Boys order
Director:
Steven Kloves

Actors:
Jeff Bridges
Michelle Pfeiffer
Beau Bridges

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two struggling brother pianists attempt to spice up their act with some female talent. Unfortunately for them, the only talent they can find is a former escort girl in desperate need of refinement.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If you're looking for a nice character-driven drama that entertains as well as jazzes, THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS makes for a terrific rental. Its story is actually fairly formulaic, but thanks to the solid script and nuance-filled direction, it rarely feels like it.

The two brothers seem like almost painfully standard cardboard cutouts at first, but as the story progresses, they evolve into much richer individuals. Same goes for Pfeiffer; she enters the screen in a rather cliché manner (albeit fun), and then transforms the part into something more. Come to think of it, the whole movie fits this mold. Just when you think the picture is rooting its foot firmly into familiarity, the actors and script alleviate the production into something much more unique and worthwhile. They take what might've been just another stock drama with a muddled love interest into an interesting picture about the choices we make and the paths we follow.

Even though the film hits a rut about two-thirds of the way through (damn love interest!), it ends on a solid note. I especially loved the fight between the two brother musicians, which thanks to the family dynamic of the actors being actual brothers, feels very harsh and honest. But don't go thinking the movie's all drama and romance; it's also got plenty of laughs to boot.
THE EXTRAS
Absolutely NOTHING (0:00). Not even a damn trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS won't exactly blow you away, but it's a highly entertaining 90 minutes of laughs, drama, and music. If the on-screen dynamic of the two Bridges brothers catches your interest, then you should definitely consider this as a rental. And if that's not enough, you have Michelle Pfeiffer in top-form to seal the deal.
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