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The Fluffer

Not in the least sexually explicit, despite plenty of talk about the intricacies of making porn movies, pic is really the study of two men, a naive newcomer to Hollywood, played by Michael Cunio, who is attracted to a hunky porn star, and the star himself (Scott Gurney) who, though he acts in gay movies, is straight.

With:
With: Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio, Roxanne Day, Taylor Negron, Richard Riehle, Deborah Harry, Robert Walden.

“Boogie Nights” it’s not, but this inside look at the gay porn industry is a well-produced and -packaged item that could achieve minor cult status despite the relative thinness of the material. Not in the least sexually explicit, despite plenty of talk about the intricacies of making porn movies, pic is really the study of two men, a naive newcomer to Hollywood, played by Michael Cunio, who is attracted to a hunky porn star, and the star himself (Scott Gurney) who, though he acts in gay movies, is straight.

Filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash West take us behind the scenes at Men of Janus Prods. (responsible for “Citizen Cum,” among many other titles), where Cunio is employed as a cameraman but finds himself also working as a “fluffer” — getting Gurney in the right “mood” for sex scenes before the cameras roll. Pic also delves into Gurney’s relationship with his lap-dancer girlfriend (Roxanne Day) and finds a cameo spot for Deborah Harry as manager of the club where Day performs. Modest production is distinguished by generally good performances and smart camerawork.

The Fluffer

Production: A Fluff and Fold production. Produced by John Sylla, Victoria Robinson. Executive producer, Rose Kuo. Directed by Richard Glatzer, Wash West. Screenplay, West.

Crew: Camera (color), Mark Putnam; editor, John Binninger; music, the Bowling Green, Micko Westmoreland, John Vaughn; production designer, Devorah Herbert; costume designer, Gitte Meldgaard. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 12, 2001. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio, Roxanne Day, Taylor Negron, Richard Riehle, Deborah Harry, Robert Walden.

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