Whenever I wonder what constitutes a classic film The Fabulous Baker Boys is where I go for the answer. Like a great piece of jazz, its elements flawlessly chime together, placing you in a moment in time, amidst a romantic drama full of soul, emotion and strong character.Frank and Jack Baker (Jeff and Beau Bridges) are a pair of run-of-the-mill, piano players who decide to take on a singer in the hope of invigorating their moribund lounge act. 37 girls who can’t carry a tune later, former AAA escort Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) falls into their lives, shaking up their routine, and permanently changing the brothers relationship in the process. The Fabulous Baker Boys has a remarkable, yet sparing narrative. Steve Kloves’ screenplay doesn’t tell us much more about these characters than we’d learn if we soaked up the beer in the bar at one of their bookings. The Brothers Bridges, not surprisingly have great chemistry, and you can’t help but wonder how much of their off-screen relationship is brought to their roles.Beau makes for a likeable, responsible older brother and Jeff is cool, as always, as he imbues his character with the unique brand of minimalism he’s been refining for years. The frisson of sexual attraction between Jeff and Michelle is perfectly played out with meaningful looks and minimal dialogue. Pfeiffer merely hinting at the pain hidden beneath Susie’s facade.Batman Returns aside, The Fabulous Baker Boys remains Michelle’s most iconic performance, and although she may not be a polished singer, her voice is elegant and powerful enough to draw the viewer in, just as surely as Susie draws the audiences into the Seattle lounges. Once you’re there, Dave Grusin’s music and the high gloss lighting of Michael Ballhaus cast a wonderful spell.It may not feature a Santa Monica beach or a Times Square New Year’s Eve, but The Fabulous Baker Boys endures as a classic, primarily because it chooses realistic characters over caricatures. Watching this film, you feel as though you’re on a journey with these characters, and long after the credits roll you’ll be left thinking about Frank, Jack and Susie, wondering where their paths might lead them in the future.