Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian character
Short Take: A naïve young cameraman gets a chance to work with his porn-star hero.
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Year: 2001
Duration: 95 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Writer: Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio, Roxanne Day, Taylor Negron, Richard Riehle, Tim Bagley, Adina Porter, Ruben Madera, Josh Holland, Mickey Cottrell, Guinevere Turner, Robert Walden, Deborah Harry, Heather Shannon Ryan, David Pevsner

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The Fluffer When Sean (Michael Cunio) accidently rents a porno, he becomes infatuated with its star, mega-hunk, Johnny Rebel (Scott Gurney). Since Sean’s Hollywood career plans aren’t working out, he decides to see if he can get a job with the production company where Johnny Rebel is under contract and lands a job as a cameraman.

Once on set, Sean befriends Johnny (whose real name is Michael) and finds out he’s a ‘gay for pay’ straight man, doing stud flicks for the money.  Michael even has a steady stripper girlfriend, Julie (Roxanne Day). However, when Johnny is unable to get his goods to stand at attention for a shot, he asks Sean for a ‘hand.’

Sean’s results earn him an additional on-set job as a ‘fluffer.’    As Sean learns the ugly realities of the adult movie business (like that Michael’s a meth-head and acts for drugs) he becomes more entangled with his crush and even follows him to Mexico, where the inevitable end plays out.

Adina Porter plays the token lesbian, Silver, the film company’s girl-Friday (who took the job because she’s into gay porn) and Sean’s only real friend on the job.  The movie also features Deborah Harry (Blondie) as Julie’s boss, and has cameos by Guinevere Turner (Go Fish), and adult entertainment figures such as gay porn director, Chi Chi LaRue, and film star, Ron Jeremy.

The Fluffer story would be strong enough with the relationship between Sean and Michael and the behind-the-scenes look at adult films, but the plot is enhanced with threads about Julie, and about Sean’s past. It’s a solid movie, but if  you’re a lesbian who likes gay porn, keep in mind that The Fluffer keeps all the real bits and pieces discretely off screen.  (CJ)