The Fluffer (2001)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Mikey Racini (aka Johnny Rebel)
Michael Cunio ...
Sean McGinnis
Julie Desponsio (aka Babylon)
Tony Brooks
Sam Martins
Alan Dieser
Ruben Madera ...
Hector Flores
Aunty at Bar / Ralph Shifflett
Video Store Clerk
Herman Lasky (aka Chad Cox)
Marcella (as Deborah Harry)
Heather Shannon Ryan ...
L.A. Actress
Casting Man


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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1 February 2002 (UK)  »

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$31,873 (USA) (25 January 2002)


$563,373 (USA) (30 August 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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The Bowling Green, the artist who provided some of the music for this film, is better known as Micko Westmoreland, the brother of the writer/director of this film, Wash Westmoreland. See more »


Sean: It's like I got this knotted piece of string running down the middle of me, and I try to untie it, I try, but I can't.
Silver: There's no such thing as a knot you can't untie.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


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31 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Fluffer is a rather strange and provocative introduction to the world of obsession and love in the adult entertainment industry with some painful twists along the way. It all starts when a young wide-eyed innocent film student, Sean McGinnis, played by the handsome Michael Cunio, moves to Los Angeles to try and break into the movies, like so many before him. It is not as easy as it looks in the films he rents whilst trying to get that big break. One of the movies he rents from a local video store is the classic Citizen Kane, however hapless individuals at the video rental place have somehow mixed it up with hot adult flick 'Citizen Cum'. It is this accidental mix up of tapes that gives birth to a lengthy and powerful obsession Sean develops for the porn-star star of Citizen Cum, Johnny Rebel, played perfectly by Scott Gurney.

Sean finds work on the sets of gay pornography films, first doing odd jobs, then filming and takes on the mysterious and yet sometimes highly sought after position of 'fluffer'. Now for the uninitiated the 'fluffer' is the person responsible for assisting with the performer's ability to perform, making soft things hard, in the days before Viagra! Scott has to get hands on with porn-star Johnny Rebel and is instantly smitten with the hunk star that despite doing the deed in dozens of gay porn films is in fact straight and only gay for pay. Johnny lives with abrasive stripper girlfriend and seems to have pretty much everything. As Sean gets to know more about Johnny, whose real name outside the industry of gay porn is Mikey, he becomes more and more obsessed with the increasingly self-absorbed and utterly narcissistic star.

The Fluffer is an interesting film, which has surprisingly little nudity and sexy considering where the story is based. It raises many issues, such as drug abuse, corruption, obsession, self-hatred, internalised homophobia and self-discovery. It also acts as a warning against following the object of your obsession to carefully or to closely. It is not the greatest gay movie in the world, but it did perhaps open up the world of the adult entertainment industry in a slightly sanitised way that had many people talking. There were also appearances from a number of adult stars, including Chad Donovan, Thomas Lloyd, Zach Richards, Jim Steel, Chi Chi LaRue and even pop diva Debbie Harry had a small part.

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