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The Fluffer (2003)



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

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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 crew, but he soon finds himself serving a different function on the set -- he becomes the "fluffer," who helps the actors "warm up" for their sex scenes. Sean is more than happy to be working with Johnny, but he soon makes the surprising discovery that Johnny is straight and only appears in gay porn because he can make more money than in heterosexual sex films. What's more, Sean learns Johnny has a girlfriend, Babylon (Roxanne Day), who works as an exotic dancer and is not enthusiastic about her lover's current career. The Fluffer was written and co-directed by Wash West, who previously shot and directed several hardcore gay films himself.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Wash West, Wash Westmoreland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 20, 2002
First Run Features - Official Site


Scott Gurney
as Johnny Rebel
Roxanne Day
as Babylon
Taylor Negron
as Tony Brooks
Richard Riehle
as Sam Martins
Tim Bagley
as Alan Dieser
Deborah Harry
as Marcella
Robert Walden
as Chad Cox
Mickey Cottrell
as Aunty at Bar, Ralph...
Guinevere Turner
as Video Store Clerk
David Pevsner
as Casting Man
Gale Van Cott
as Casting Woman
Sharon McCormick
as Sean's Mama
Andy Zeffer
as Rick Daniels
Penn Badgley
as Young Sean
Chad Donovan
as Himself
Thomas Lloyd
as Himself
as Stacia
Jim Steel
as Bartender
Karen Dior
as Herself
Louis Re
as Himself
Jay Lyons
as Himself
Chris Green
as Himself
Ron Jeremy
as Himself
as Endowed Go-Go Boy
Lori Alan
as Harmony
Christopher Carroll
as Businessman at Legg'...
Cole Tucker
as Himself
Rob Rumsey
as Twinkie in a Sling
Johanna Went
as Abortion Protester
Judith Benezra
as Policewoman
Trev Broudy
as TV Reporter
Franklin Hernandez
as Mexican Boy
Chris Carroll
as Businessman at Legg'...
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Critic Reviews for The Fluffer

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (18)

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

Full Review… | September 30, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

More tasteful, sensitive and original than you might imagine.

March 29, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A witty, sad, informed view of obsession, submission and the sex industry.

Full Review… | February 21, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Johnny ... remains something of a cipher, and the film mostly shies away from the issues it raises.

Full Review… | February 8, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

It has been awhile since I have seen this movie. I remember it quite well though, which speaks pretty highly of the movie I assume. Money is so seductive. I have always wondered about the whole gay for pay thing. I just don't get it. Anyway the characters here are real and complex, even if the writing isn't the greatest, I think the actors bring all of their angst to each character. As the "FLUFFED" spirals out of control I did feel a sense of empathy for him. It was just enough to make me care about the rest of the characters.

Kinda painful to watch at times. Puppy love gone awry. Tragic movie where you wonder how people can be so pathetic.

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