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The Fabulous Baker Boys
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Directed By
Steven Kloves

Written By:
Steven Kloves

Cast:
Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges, Elie Raab, Jennifer Tilly, Xander Berkeley

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The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
March 15th, 2011

"MAKIN' WHOOPEE!" PFEIFFER-STYLE

You know, this picture really should've been titled "THAT FABULOUS PFEIFFER GAL" 'cause, with the likes of JEFF & BEAU BRIDGES, "THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS" it clearly wasn't. Well, it wasn't.

Yep. I'd definitely say that my 3 star rating of this film solely hinged on PFEIFFER's knock-out performance as the sultry lounge singer, Susie Diamond.

Not only did MICHELLE look (as always) like a million bucks, but, she absolutely astounded me with her remarkable singing voice. This multi-talented woman did an exceptionally fabulous job of convincingly belting out a number of classic jazz standards as if she were an expertly trained pro. No kidding.

Set in the rainy city of Seattle, brothers Frank and Jack Baker are a pair of stale, small-time piano players. These 2 losers have been a pathetic musical duo, working the small club circuit for about 15 years. I mean, hey, it's 1989 and, like, these 2 morons are still playing crap like "Little Green Apples" and "Feelings" (retch) with about as much enthusiasm as you could possibly muster from 2 guys who quite obviously hated each other's guts to the max.

Deciding to (finally) get hip with the times, the (un-fabulous) Baker boys make, what probably turns out to be, the first intelligent decision that they've ever made in the entirety of their dismal careers - And that decision is to add a female vocalist to their tired and talentless, little team.

After Frank and Jeff endure listening to numerous applicants for the position (believe me, these auditions got real tiresome to watch), it's ex-callgirl, Susie Diamond who wins out as the final choice.

And, what a choice!!

From this point onwards in the story it was clearly Susie's impressive singing dynamics, along with her great looks (when added to the Baker Boy troupe) that turns this faltering duo's success right around, literally, into an overnight lounge-circuit sensation.

If you don't believe me on this one, then just watch MICHELLE PFEIFFER's super-steamy rendition of "Makin' Whoopee". I mean, if this babe's slinky-hot performance isn't well-worth the consideration of being acknowledged as some sort of a minor classic, then I don't know what the hell is.

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