For the first half of "The Fluffer," directors Glatzer and West create a sharply funny parody of the porn industry, and the romantic innocent who has invaded it, but by the time the film turns Johnny into a degenerate, the movie collapses along with him. Starring Michael Cunio, Scott Gurney, Roxanne Day and Deborah Harry. Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash West. Written by Wash West. Produced by John Sylla and Victoria Robinson. A First Run release. Comedy/Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 95 min. Opens November.
"The Fluffer" begins as a colorful and off-beat comedy about gay hero worship that unfortunately descends into banal melodrama. Sean (Michael Cunio) is an out-of-work gay actor in Los Angeles. One night, he rents what he believes to be the video "Citizen Kane," but it turns out to be a gay porno flick titled "Citizen Cum." The star of the film is the beefy, hyper-masculine Johnny Rebel (Scott Gurney), and Sean becomes obsessed with him. Applying for work at the film's production studio in order to be close to his idol, Sean ends up not only shooting Johnny's videos, but he also becomes Johnny's personal "fluffer," who prepares him (so to speak) for the shoot. Problems arise when Sean discovers that Johnny is actually straight, and has a stripper girlfriend, Babylon (Roxanne Day).