Kaycee’s Klasic Films – The Fabulous Baker Boys

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews
Our fictitious reviewer Siobhan (KayCee) didn't have much of an education but she's passionate about films

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Michelle Pfeiffer is one of my favourite actresses and this is the film that showed me how good she is. Up to that point I thought she was just a pretty face (nothing wrong with a pretty face but you know) and because she became famous around the same time as Kim Basinger and Kim’s  funnier than she is I thought she was a bit dopey. Maybe that’s just me being bitchy and I suppose it must be hard for a beautiful young woman to be taken serious I wouldn’t know because I’m not that gorgeous myself haha before you say it.

Anyways the Baker Boys are real life brothers Beau Bridges and Jeff (phwoarr) Bridges and they’re a piano duo doing all this cheesy cabaret material in second rate clubs and their career is dying so they decide to try a different angle and get a singer.

Beau is married with kids and is the responsible one but Jeff is single and lives alone with his dog and he’s a charmer who has his way with as many women as he can find nothing wrong with that neither as long as he don’t hurt people and we don’t hear about any exes in the film so we don’t know but you kind of think so. Too handsome for his own good you know the type girls thinks he’s god’s gift to women but you’d still unwrap him in a hurry if he was a gift to you. He’s also a frustrated jazz player doing this with his brother to make a living but he hates it really.

They audition a load of no hopers including Susan Sarandon whose just doing a cameo and apparently she can really sing she does this operatic bit at the end of her song.

Michelle Pfeiffer is the last one and she’s late but she’s the best they’ve seen so they give her a go. Sure enough the punters like her so the club owners do too and it’s all going well. Then at Christmas/New Year they’re playing this fancy hotel out in the hills and they’re in rooms next door to one another and Jeff and Michelle start sneaking into the bathroom to sniff each other’s cologne or perfume and you can tell something’s going to happen then Beau has to go home because one of his kids is ill or something and Jeff and Michelle do a real sexy show and then get sexy in private.

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We’re going to do this one on the piano: Michelle bends the rules a bit

You think it’s going to end in tears but because she’s a bit unemotional (used to be an “escort”) and he’s so couldn’t-care-less it doesn’t really but they don’t get together either. The real emotional bit at the end is with the brothers cos they are very different and they don’t enjoy the life together but given their own space as they say they’re happy enough.

I don’t know who thinks these stories up I suppose the writer was watching some cabaret act one night and thought it must be a weird life and took it from there and of course if you throw a sex bomb in there you get explosions.

It’s a cool film quite funny some good lines and that romantic what do they call it tension I guess that keeps you thinking will they won’t they.

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Kaycee’s Klasic Films – The Fabulous Baker Boys

  1. Paul S March 31, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    I always smile when Jack tosses the “paint” to Frank with the line: ‘Don’t forget your hair.’
    Excellent review of an excellent film.

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