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The Fluffer (2001)

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45

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 24

Though it begins promisingly enough, The Fluffer eventually descends into melodrama.

57

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 6

Though it begins promisingly enough, The Fluffer eventually descends into melodrama.

audience

26

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 1,718

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Movie Info

The gay adult film industry is the backdrop for this drama focusing on Sean (Michael Cunio), a young gay man who is looking for a job in the movie business. While trying to rent a video of Citizen Kane, Sean accidentally brings home a video from Men of Janus Productions, an outfit that churns out hardcore porn movies with exclusively male casts, finding himself infatuated with Johnny Rebel (Scott Gurney), the film's hunky leading man. Sean lands a job with Men of Janus helping out the camera

R,

Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy

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Wash West

Aug 20, 2002

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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (24) | DVD (1)

Saturated with deep, rich color and low-key visual wit, and graced with sympathetic performances.

September 30, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Those in search of a film about gay men disillusioned in Hollywood with a better script and more dramatic heft should rent Gods And Monsters or Thom Fitzgerald's Beefcake.

May 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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More tasteful, sensitive and original than you might imagine.

March 29, 2002
Washington Post
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Glatzer and Wash try to explore the nature of obsession and the ambiguity of sexual categories in The Fluffer, but it's hard to give two hoots about any of these characters.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A witty, sad, informed view of obsession, submission and the sex industry.

February 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Johnny ... remains something of a cipher, and the film mostly shies away from the issues it raises.

February 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Funny and sensitive for all its faults, The Fluffer is nevertheless unlikely to break out of the gay cinema ghetto.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Bills itself 'both a satiric look at the porn industry and a dark tale of obsession' -- proof that self-description is often self-delusion.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

The film never follows its own logic, but also never goes down the path you think it will

August 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

...too much of the lives of the stars of "The Fluffer" and not enough of the examination of the porn business.

July 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

"The Fluffer" starts with a bang, but can't quite sustain the expectations it raises.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Doesn't even come close to doing justice to its provocative premise.

May 24, 2002
Jam! Movies

It won me over with its complete lack of timidity and soapbox grandstanding that plague many other gay films.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

a sappy muddle complete with murder, drug addiction, and an abortion -- which is another way to describe this effort.

March 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Gay.com UK
Gay.com UK

The story line doesn't always deliver, but performances by Cunio and Gurney keep things interesting.

February 26, 2002
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

For the most part a disarming, charming, and frequently cynical exercise in mordant humor.

February 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Can't be described as much more than mildly intriguing, and its dramatic turn near the close is a downer in more ways than one.

February 23, 2002 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Though interesting ideas are at work here and some characters are lively, the film's too uninspired to get anywhere.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Glatzer and West's entertaining film mixes comedy with a more serious, if slightly unconvincing, end message about infatuation.

January 21, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

Audience Reviews for The Fluffer

What on earth did I just watched?? Money and Sex don't go well together, it's the sad truth. None of the characters were likeable and it wasn't graphical enough to be an exploitational film or artistic enough to be an art house. It's one of the worst film since Orgazmo.
April 15, 2012
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