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A young man employed as a fluffer in the adult entertainment industry finds himself falling for a gay-for-pay porn star whose hedonistic lifestyle may lead them both to destruction.

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Cast

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Mikey Racini (aka Johnny Rebel)
Michael Cunio ...
Sean McGinnis
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Julie Desponsio (aka Babylon)
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Tony Brooks
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Sam Martins
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Alan Dieser
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Silver
Ruben Madera ...
Hector Flores
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Brian
Mickey Cottrell ...
Aunty at Bar / Ralph Shifflett
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Video Store Clerk
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Herman Lasky (aka Chad Cox)
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Marcella
Heather Shannon Ryan ...
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Storyline

The story, set in the world of adult entertainment, centers around three characters: Johnny Rebel, a straight man who has become a star in the world of gay porn; Johnny's stripper girlfriend Babylon; and Sean, a naive young man in love with Johnny, who ends up becoming Johnny's "fluffer". Written by Mike Konczewski

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Rated R for strong sexual content, drug use and language | See all certifications »
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$31,873 (USA) (25 January 2002)

Gross:

$563,373 (USA) (30 August 2002)
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First feature film appearance for Roxanne Day. See more »

Quotes

Silver: I've been watching you with him.
Sean: And?
Silver: There's nothing to tell you that you don't already know. A: he's a porn star, B: he's straight.
Sean: No he isn't.
Silver: Sean, just because someone does gay sex doesn't mean they're gay.
Sean: What does it mean then?
Silver: Absolutely nothing. You just go through with it. Women understand that from the get-go.
Sean: Well, he's different with me.
Silver: What, because of this fluffing thing?
Sean: Well, if he's so straight, then why does he need a boy to get him hard?
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Cherry Bomb
Written by Joan Jett and Kim Fowley
Performed by The Johnny Depp Clones featuring Chi Chi La Rue
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Interesting, yet Difficult to Watch
25 June 2004 | by (US) – See all my reviews

After Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights", the porn industry has been explored in a few interesting ways. Last year's "Wonderland" showed the downfall of porn legend John Holmes, a study of how desperate he became after realizing he hasn't been seen for anything but his "manhood". I recently saw "The Fluffer" which is detached to its subject, and simply shows how the characters are affected by their work.

"The Fluffer" is a film that unflinchingly shows the work of a small gay porn studio. I questioned its taste in some points, but I did in "Boogie Nights" also. I liked how it realistically shows how sex outweighing love leads to insanity in some form or another, but it is extremely hard to watch in spots.

Wash Westmoreland's story follows a pure young man named Sean who lets himself be degraded and used in his work as a cameraman in the studio. He falls for the studio's biggest star, Johnny Rebel. Rebel is straight, or so they say, but Sean can't help but love him. I found this point interesting, how Rebel (and I'm sure many straight porno stars) reduces himself to the homosexual market for more money. Anyway, Sean lets himself be dehumanized by Rebel and soon the industry sends all their lives in the wrong direction.

As a whole, "The Fluffer" doesn't fully succeed. Its messages are all told in familiar ways, (note the use of American flags to show the faded American dream for example) and the ending isn't fully convincing. However, it is a film that never stops entertaining and is definitely one of the very bravest depictions of the porn industry I've ever seen.

(2 and 1/2 out of 4)


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