Jack and Frank Baker (Jeff and Beau Bridges) are pro pianists who have been cueing up the same schmaltzy standards with the same tired banter in the same cocktail bars for 30-odd years. Frank is the book-balancing yin; Jack is the mercurial yang, who treats his ivory-tinkling genius with the same disdain as his sexual conquests. When bookings flag, the brothers bring in an ex-hooker singer, Susie Diamond (Pfeiffer), whose sultry swagger lends a little class to the act. But the more she wiggles, the more she exposes the cracks in the Baker Boy bond.
Steve Kloves' elegant three-hander is an intimate riff on brotherly love/hate, spruced up by the natural chemistry between the Bridges (Beau, geeky; Jeff, The Dude in waiting). The story tails off towards the end, but Pfeiffer's iconic piano-top lapdance scene more than makes up for it.