Cinema: Finally, A True Character Comedy

True Character Comedy

THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS Directed and Written by Steve Kloves

In small-time show biz, fading but persistent optimism is always engaged in a losing struggle with slowly metastasizing despair. Since Jack and Frank Baker (Jeff and Beau Bridges) are approaching middle age and still playing duo cocktail piano in Seattle's lesser lounges, an air of hopelessness has begun to hang heavy. Stardom is no longer an option; survival, even on the bottom rung, is becoming a question.

The Baker boys need to refurbish their tired act. But Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) is not at first glance an answered prayer. She totters...

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