The Fluffer [DVD] 
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When film buff Sean rents gay porn video 'Citizen Cum' by mistake, he falls in love with its leading man Johnny Rebel and decides to try and meet him in the flesh. Sean luckily then manages to get a job as Johnny's fluffer, performing oral sex on his idol in order to get him ready for his big scenes; but he also finds out that Johnny is straight and involved with a lap-dancer called Babylon. Nevertheless, when Johnny's drug addiction gets him into big trouble, Sean is the one ready to help out.
Wash Westmoreland's intelligent social comedy The Fluffer explores the pornography industry and makes some interesting points about the way it serves dreams and hardens hearts. But it also has a streak of sentimentality which stops the various elements quite coming together.
Aspiring cinematographer Sean (Michael Cunio) becomes obsessed with male porn star Johnny Rebel/Mickey, and takes a job with Janus Films partly to get to know him. In the event, his duties include more than camera work, such as preparing Mickey's occasionally flaccid member for its big moments. The confused and exploitative Mickey identifies as heterosexual--yet he likes Sean a lot, and Sean's feelings for him are more or less obvious. In one of the film's most disturbing sequences, Sean goes to the club where Mickey's pregnant lover Babylon works and hires her for a lap dance; it is never entirely clear to what extent Babylon understands the situation. The film ends up avoiding psychological complexity for a sudden burst of crass noir gestures as Mickey kills a producer and gets Sean to drive him to Mexico; up to this last reel or so, however, it is intelligent and often perceptive, though never remarkably so. Debbie Harry has an impressive cameo as Babylon's world-weary boss and mentor; Adina Porter is good as Sean's lesbian confidante.
On the DVD: The Fluffer on disc has a slightly flat Dolby 5.1 soundtrack which suddenly becomes blaring in a couple of party and nightclub sequences; it is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The special features are limited to a theatrical trailer, filmographies for the cast and production notes. --Roz Kaveney
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(USA - 2001)
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Dolby Stereo SR
Characterized by its makers as a study of 'internalized homophobia', THE FLUFFER charts the progress of naive cutie Michael Cunio who takes employment at a low-rent porn company to indulge his unrequited passion for 'Johnny Rebel' (ultra-hunky Scott Gurney), a gay-for-pay superstud whose private life is slowly falling apart. Based on his own experiences as a director in the skin trade, writer and co-helmer Wash Westmoreland (NAKED HIGHWAY) portrays the world of porn as an industry much like any other, administered by ruthless bigwigs less concerned with 'art' than keeping the 'money shot' in focus (!). Accordingly, Cunio suffers for his infatuation with Gurney, whose monstrous ego leads them both down some pretty unsavoury pathways, including drugs and murder, though the script is quick to point out that such problems aren't confined exclusively to the porn business.
Despite the best efforts of West and co-director Richard Glatzer (GRIEF), and despite its success in various film festivals, THE FLUFFER seems a little flat and inconsequential. Most of the secondary characters are cold and unlikeable, and 'Johnny Rebel' himself proves to be completely undeserving of the worship he generates from those around him. As a result, the narrative maintains an emotional distance, despite a number of climactic revelations which lead to an 'understanding' of sorts between Cunio and Gurney during their brief stopover in a motel in Mexico (probably the best scene in the movie).Read more ›
Well firstly, the "obvious" comparison with "Boogie Nights" is not particularly appropriate. Whilst "Boogie Nights" weakens and ultimately fails when moving away from the world of the "skin flicks" environment, "The Fluffer" goes from strength to strength in its characterisations and story focus of the three principal subjects.
In this writer's opinion, the movie bears a more appropriate and favourable comparison with "The Player" in terms of its production values, storyline and direction. Where "The Fluffer" wins hands down is in its somewhat more mature and balanced examination of not dissimilar subject matter and importantly the effects which "Hollywood lifestyle" can have on its various characters. In many ways these two excellent films are two sides of the same coin.
For a "low budget" film, the production values are exceptionally high. The intelligent script, sets and casting are at all times on the button. The quality performances of the principal and supporting actors are always and without exception utterly believable and the direction shows an understanding and style sadly lacking in most mainstream movies.
Sean Gurney, irresistible, a delight on the eye throughout the film, provides the lynchpin of the movie. A modern day Mitchum, his "presence" and credible persona engenders the very difficult role upon which the parts of Michael Cunio and Roxanne Day and their main stories depend.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a film about Sean (Michael Cunio) who goes to Hollywood to be a cameraman and make his fortune etc. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2011 by Tommy Dooley
This film has the unnatural feel of pornographic films -- the type of which the makers are proud to say they rehearse the scene before filming -- while attempting to explore the... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2011 by Anna Karenina
The title is interesting, and I was expecting a good film. But I'm dissapointed I must say. Bad acting, bad editting, ordinary directing... Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2011 by Kami The Guru
One can't escape the fact 'The Fluffer' was made on a tight budget. Props, script and extras were very basic, to say the least. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2010 by Bart
This is the story of Sean, a budding young film maker who turns up at a porn studio after watching a video of his star idol, Johnny Rebel. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2010 by Piste Legend
Sean has moved to Los Angeles to make it big in the film industry. After receiving the wrong rental tape, he meets Johnny Rebel, a straight man who has become a major star in the... Read morePublished on 27 July 2009 by Stevie G
If you are expecting a very dense script, forget it! This is a very light movie that touches very serious and dense issues lightly... The ending is a bit pushy and disappointing. Read morePublished on 15 July 2004 by Rui Azevedo