An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife, who is trying to restart her life following her husband's murder while being pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.
A wealthy woman is murdered in her beach house. The husband is allegedly knocked out first. He inherits all her inherited wealth. He has a female corporate lawyer, criminal prosecutor 4 years ago, represent him in court. Guilty?
The Fabulous Baker Boys, a Seattle-based duo piano lounge act performing cheesy jazz renditions of pop standards, is comprised of thirty-something brothers Frank and Jack Baker. Older Frank, married with two children, is the controlling business manager, front man and sole programmer of the playlist. Younger Jack is the carefree one without commitments to anything or anyone, including women, he who has had a long string of one night stands, most specifically with cocktail waitresses. Jack's strongest commitments are to his aging dog, Eddie, and to Nina, the lonely adolescent who lives in the apartment above his with her single, constantly dating mother. Jack's commitment to Nina is because of her unwavering commitment to him. The Baker Boys' act is becoming stale and outdated, and as such their ability to hold onto what gigs they are able to get is getting more difficult. So Frank comes up with the idea of hiring a singer to beef up the act. After thirty-seven failed auditions, they ...Written by
THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (1989) ***1/2 Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Jennifer Tilly, Ellie Raab. Excellent character driven comedy/drama with some above average low-key performances with real-life siblings Bridges as a lounge act facing stagnation until they decide to take on a chanteuse in the appealing form of Pfeiffer (Oscar nominee) who comes from the school of hard knocks, together making beautiful music. Beau's best work, Pfeiffer sizzles (particularly her steamy singing atop a piano) and Jeff is perfect as someone trying to maintain his sanity (and dignity) despite his setbacks. Great script also by rookie director Steve Kloves who also garnered an Oscar nod.
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