A Top Ten Buried Treasure. (The best movies this year that you should have caught but probably didnt). Who could have imagined that a comedy about a straight adonis working in gay porn would actually be an incisive look at dysfunctional romance? Gay audiences embraced the film, but theres plenty of laughs and great acting for people of any orientation (indeed, the studs stripper girlfriend is a standout). Most unusual is the way the movie satirizes the sex industry without being in any way patronizing.
Sharp, surprising and substantial! Director/writers Glatzer and West have needlessly gone out of their way in interviews to distance their film from Paul Thomas Andersons Boogie Nights, that holy grail of porn-world sagas to which The Fluffer bears obvious, and favorable, comparison.
NEW YORK TIMES
Moves nimbly from behind-the-scenes comedy to melodrama, with sneaky flourishes of surreal style! These touches suggest a thoughtfulness that is also evident in the films three central performances.
A low budget winner... Glatzer and West have concocted a tale that, even at its darkest, never fails to be entertaining... Heterosexuals that dismiss this as just a gay movie will be missing one of the best films of the year. With its arresting imagery, strong acting and universal themes, The Fluffer is for all adventurous filmgoers.
INTERNATIONAL FILM JOURNAL
Bitterly funny, bracingly true, one of the best gay films in a long while!
An affectionate spoof of the sex industry...'The Fluffer' succeeds!
A multi-layered film of great substance. And its a dream to look at.
THE NEW YORK BLADE
A surprisingly sublime tale of obsession... The pair of directors pack so much detail and undercurrents into their film that youll probably come back to it more than once.
FILMS IN REVIEW
The film looks terrific, is well staged, and the direction sifts out the real people behind the various wrong-headed desires being explored...The Fluffer is one of the better depictions of gay life Ive seen on celluloid... Its superior production invites the broadest possible audience to enjoy the drama.
NEW YORK POST
The Fluffer is much less explicit than you would expect, given its subject matter. Its most interesting and amusing... well paced and engaging.
This inside look at the gay porn industry is a well-produced and packaged item... Good performances and smart camerawork.
SHADOWS ON THE WALL
What starts as a rather dry and astute satire of the porn industry (including lots of hilarious on-set sequences and, of course, punny titles galore) slowly turns into a serious romantic drama... The film is extremely well-made, written and directed with honest insight... And theres not an unconvincing performance anywhere the entire cast is excellent... Surprisingly strong stuff for a comedy.
A sardonic and intelligent portrait of an industry with endless dreams and broken realities. West and Glatzer create a film that ... consistently treads a fine line between satire and introspective drama... This film is packed with plenty of great scenes... and is a powerful look at the way shortsightedness can slump our true potential.
Everything you hoped Boogie Nights would be. Tantalizing, revealing... a wry, intelligent look at narcissism and desire.
The Fluffer is a film for the chastened romantic in all of us.
Compelling and provocative, the film throughout merits particular praise for its subversion of traditional cinematic narratives: unrequited love, coming of age and crimes of passion follow unpredictable courses in an intelligent and compassionate movie.