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THE FLUFFER

A fluffer, of course, is the lackey who arouses male porn stars in preparation for shooting. Thatís the job Sean McGinnis lands after stumbling into the gay-adult-entertainment industry in Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmorelandís film. Sean (Michael Cunio), an aspiring filmmaker, heads to LA hoping to break into Hollywood, but after a video-store mix-up (instead of Citizen Kane he gets Citizen Cum), he finds himself obsessed with the videoís ripped poster boy, Johnny Rebel (Scott Gurney of Baywatch Hawaii fame). Sean is hired as a cameraman for Johnnyís production company, and pretty soon heís fluffing his idol and deepening the infatuation.

Thatís when things get complicated, because it turns out Sean is a confused bisexual, Johnnyís straight, just doing "gay for pay," and Johnnyís girlfriend, the exotic dancer "Babylon," is pregnant. All the same, this is a tame effort ó most of the sex is in the audio track. The movie has the stagy feel of a porn flick, perhaps because Westmoreland directed some award-winning porn as "research" for this film. But by the end itís hard to tell whatís parodic and whatís just painful, and when the film turns melodramatic, The Fluffer doesnít rise to the challenge.

BY TOM ISLER

Issue Date: June 20 - 27, 2002
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