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The Fluffer

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Michael Cunio, Richard Riehle, Roxanne Day, Scott Gurney, Taylor Negron, Tim Bagley - Director: Richard Glatzer Johnny Rebel (Scott Gurney) is the ultimate fantasy man: a chiseled Adonis and the biggest star in gay porn. The fact that he's straight doesn

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  • Actors: Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio, Roxanne Day, Taylor Negron, Richard Riehle
  • Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
  • Writers: Wash Westmoreland
  • Producers: Dennis Gilbert, Gill Sperlein, John Sylla, Pat Scanlon, Rose Kuo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: TLA / First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068TP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fluffer" on IMDb

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stephen McLeod on May 1, 2003
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It's hard to explain what a "fluffer" is on a family website. Suffice it to say that a fluffer is someone on the set of a porn movie who makes it possible for a male porn star to maintain the illusion that he is enjoying what he is doing on screen. Women can fake it. Men, obviously, cannot.
That said, *The Fluffer* is a realistic picture about the gay porn industry. It is also about how vanity, insecurity, helplessness, and ultimately, self-destruction, get expressed in the life of a man who appears to have everything: beauty, fame, people who love him and willingly sacrifice themselves and their own dignity - for a while anyway - to take care of him. In many more important ways, it is an almost perfectly realized cinematic exploration of the relationships between longing and fulfillment, fantasy and reality, love and obsession, the glitzy and the mundane. It's also about growing up and the deep sources of self-respect, how for some, as Blake said, "the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom," while for others, it leads to spiralling self-destruction and, finally, to despair.
The movie treats all of its characters with respect almost bordering on tenderness. The porn superstar's self-destructive dive is not played as a stereotype. Some of the characters in this movie seem functional if not particularly happy with their lives. Others - the three main characters really - find themselves on a pathe to either imminent self-destruction or imminent self-discovery and transformation. The movie does present, for one thing, a morality tale. But the general morality of porn itself is not examined in this movie.
A final word: the excellent commentary track is revealing and deeply provocative, pointing out the places where the screenplay or the camera (or both) is communcating the film's dramatic insights as well as it's perfectly wrought structures.
Highest recommendation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Edgar on January 25, 2003
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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.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DonMac VINE VOICE on April 5, 2003
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A lot less provocative than you might think, this one has some really good stuff going for it. The reality of the gay porn industry, some nice performances, well-made. But - and it's a big one -- I really hate these films that do the gay boy chasing the bad straight boy thing. It seems degrading and after a point in the plot, a little unrealistic. What ruined this film for me was the last half hour. I won't spoil it but it seemed forced, overly dramtic and ultimately a little dumb. Really, porn is porn and Boogie Nights did this 1000 times better. Rent, but I would not buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Beards on January 10, 2003
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Call me strange, but I have a huge facination for 'behind the scenes' movies and documentaries about the porn industry and those who perform on camera. I actually find it more facinating than porn itself. Even in our so called 'modern' society, sex is still very much mostly reserved for behind closed doors. So people who go that extra step in life and open up their sexuality for the world to see intrigue me. So when I came across this DVD - a fictious behind the scenes look at the gay porn industry and the people associated with it, I couldn't resist the urge to add it to my ever expanding DVD library.
I have read alot of negative reviews from gay men and in the gay press about this movie. Perhaps they were expecting something titilating??? If you're expecting to be aroused, then look elsewhere. The Fluffer is a no holds barred look at the gay porn industry. I have read reviews from people actually involved in the industry and basically their comments where that it is very realistic as to what actually happens.
The story basically comprises the downfall of a popular male porn star, and the effects this has on those around him, including his girlfriend and the guy hired to 'fluff' him but who also has a major in infatuation with him.
The porn industry is presented merely as a business - and just like any profit based business, it is designed to make money. What ends up on video is just fantasy, and not realistically representative of what happens behind the scenes in the porn world or indeed in sex between 2 people. Just like 'mainstream' movies really - there is a script and people act out a fantasy. Porn is really no different. Though there is nothing wrong with fantasy!
The viewer is left to make up their own mind about the porn world from this movie.
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