The Fluffer (2002) GREAT Movie !!!!!! alternative/gay lifestyle interest
For those not in the know, a fluffer is someone who provides, um, assistance to male adult-film stars so they're able to ''perform.'' The titular fluffer is 22-year-old Sean (Cunio), who gets a job at a porn studio after becoming infatuated with gay-for-pay video stud Johnny Rebel (Gurney). Cunio ably conveys Sean's unrequited love for Johnny, and Debbie Harry shows up as the manager of a strip club. (Note to Harry: Fire your agent.) There are a few titillating moments, but once drugs come into the picture, The Fluffer turns into a depressingly limp cautionary tale about L.A.'s gay-porn biz.
The Fluffer is a DVD with as much hype floating around it as there is mystery. This small indie darling showed briefly in select cities garnering rave reviews and more dollar signs than anyone could have ever hoped for or expected. There is a reason for this. Unlike most "gay themed" films that are produced, this one is good. It doesn't beat advocacy into your face, it doesn't preach about safe sex and disease. It is a story about a gay guy and the porn industry. Sex, Obsession, Love, Betrayal and of course GAY PORN rule the tapestry of this film. Who could ask for anything more, you ask? No one. It's a great story, with a great plot and it is filmed, acted and produced with such high standards, I'd be hard pressed to find a flaw.
The basic story is about 22 year old Sean who moves to Los Angeles to become a filmmaker. He dreams of being the next Orson Welles, but a mix up at the video store suddenly launches naïve Sean into the seedy underbelly of the L.A. film world. That world is, of course, the world of gay porn. He begins his journey at Janus films. This is where the uber-sexy Johnny Rebel is under exclusive contract. Johnny is the hottest thing to hit the Gay Porn world since video and sadly is merely one of those lost fantasy's that are "Gay for Pay." (For those not educated in the terms of the porn world, this means Johnny is straight but gets paid exorbitant amounts of money to be a gay porn star.) Sean is a little obsessed with Johnny and accepts the job as cameraman and as Johnny's personal Fluffer.
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Now to try and stray away from the gratuitous, a Fluffer is someone who is required to "help out" porn stars between scenes. Porn just wouldn't be porn without them. Unfortunately each time Sean's services are required he dredges up memories of a neighbor from many years before who was a little friendlier than he should have been. Thus complicating his relationships, psychological well-being and his job all the while furthering his already tenuous grasp of his own sexuality. This being said, I have to mention Johnny's girlfriend, Julie who is probably one of the most beautiful women this gay man has ever scene! Julie is an exotic dancer who doesn't take any crap, not from clients, not from Johnny and not even from herself. All she wants is to settle down with Johnny have his children and make a life for herself. Instead she becomes as self-destructive and as volatile as all of the rest who participate in the pantomime of life that L.A. has subjected them to.
To make a long story short, The Fluffer is a film about how lives can go terribly askew when you are not even looking. Johnny is a meth addict, being a Fluffer degrades Sean daily, and Julie is pregnant and must face an abortion alone. None of these people ever expected any of these things, but it has put them all on a collision course that will drag you along until the poignant end. To make it even more interesting is a fantastic cast with cameo appearances made by Chi Chi LaRue, Ron Jeremy, Debbie Harry, Mickey Skee and Zack Richards. This is a feast for fans and non-fans of porn alike.
Director: Richard Glatzer, Mark West
Producer: Mark Putnam, Richard Glatzer
Screenwriter: Wash West
Stars: Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio, Roxanne Day, Taylor Negron
MPAA Rating: R
Feature wise, we are surprisingly handed quite a bit of the good stuff. The feature is presented in a very nice letterbox format. Sound is pumped into your ears with Dolby SR Sound. The disk also contains Audio Commentary by the Co-Directors, Deleted Scenes, Johnny Rebel Extras, Movie Stills and Coming Attractions. These are all extremely nice supplements to a fantastic movie.
At this juncture I would say that it is imperative that you place this film in your shopping cart and run to the check out line. The story will hold your interest, the sex will heat you up and the ending will make you gasp. In my book, that makes this a damn fine film!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ taken from DVD Empire by TJ Wonder