The Weird World of Blowfly (2011)



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The Weird World of Blowfly tells the story of Miami musician Clarence Reid and his alter ego Blowfly, the original dirty rapper. At 69 years-old, with a gold-spangled superhero costume and a catalog of the world's raunchiest tunes, Blowfly continues to record new material and tour the world, struggling for success and recognition. Before his X-rated career began, Clarence was instrumental in the Florida soul scene of the 1960s and '70s; he wrote Top-10 songs for Miami's greatest R&B acts, including Betty Wright, Gwen McCrae and KC and the Sunshine Band, and recorded what might be the world's first rap song in 1965. But for over 40 years Clarence has shocked and grooved audiences with Blowfly's hilarious and provocative hard-core songs. -- (C) Official Site
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What ends up on screen is less a story than a string of depressing, offensive or depressingly offensive scenes.

Full Review… | September 22, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Somehow Mr. Reid has an ability to push so far into the depths of stupidity that he breaks out the other side, making you laugh in spite of yourself.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
New York Times
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Furmanski's melancholy, involving documentary ultimately registers as a haunting character study about the sad man behind the filthy music.

Full Review… | September 14, 2011
AV Club
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So-so contemporary shows and cantankerous arguments are favored over in-depth looks at Reid's legacy.

Full Review… | September 14, 2011
Time Out
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Although its subject is never less than captivating, Jonathan Furmanski's film is frustratingly unfocused, a scattershot collection of candid footage and biographical information. Thankfully, Blowfly's world is weird as promised.

Full Review… | September 13, 2011
Village Voice
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Hanging out with a 1970s cult figure of raunchy R&B "party records" is less fun than one would expect in The Weird World of Blowfly.

Full Review… | September 5, 2011
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