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The Fluffy Movie

Score: 80%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Universal Studios Home

Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/2
Running Time: 1 Hr. 54 Mins.
Genre: Comedy/Live Performance
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French


  • Theatrical Version
  • Extended Version

Gabriel Iglesias' latest stand-up special isn't just a presentation produced by HBO or Comedy Central. This time, it was put on the big screen and titled The Fluffy Movie.

The show starts off with a recounting of how "Fluffy" came to be. We see Iglesias' mother go into a bar where she encounters a handsome mariachi singer, who doesn't seem to stick around very long after the future comedian is born. The skit fast-forwards 12 years where we find the future-Fluffy renting an Eddie Murphy VHS and apparently sparking the desire to become the comedian he is today.

When Iglesias takes the stage, he makes a major announcement. He has lost 100 pounds after learning about potential health risks that could have severely shortened his life span. While there are times in this early segment of the show that Iglesias sounds like he is trying to warn against the evils of overeating, he does pull off some hilarious stories, especially surrounding the Clinic for the Morbidly Obese where his doctor referred him. This part of the performance goes into everything from the naming of such a clinic, to others he met in the waiting room, to the actual weighing.

From here, Iglesias manages segues that cover him being hit on by men in the Bay Area (where the show is being performed) to a trip to India. Iglesias actually spends a good bit of time on this part of his travels as he not only talks about how similar Indians and Mexicans are, but also covers their erratic and scary traffic habits, unless there is a cow in the road, of course.

As with most of Iglesias' performances of late, it isn't long before he focuses on his home life, particularly, his dealings with his step-son Frankie. It seems that since we last left Frankie in Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy, the child has gotten sucked into his phone even more and become even more anti-social, but Iglesias' stories recount several ways that he has been trying to break the kid out of his shell. One such way involves reminding the boy just how close Gabriel has gotten to Frankie's mother.

The show's final segment focuses on Iglesias' father suddenly coming back into his life after 30 years of absence. Iglesias shows his audience the wide range of emotions he went through as the story unfolds and plays out to a rather unexpected conclusion, but he also does a great job of tying it to young Frankie and how their two lives parallel in interesting ways.

As always, Gabriel Iglesias shows how great of a storyteller he is. Whether his topic is about his own health issues, a crazy trip to India or family matters, he delivers laughs everywhere he aims for them and, just as expertly guides the audience to one or two somber points only to bring his fans back to laughter before those points have too long to settle in.

While it's hard to see The Fluffy Movie as a full blown theatrical film, comedians putting their act on the big screen is something we are seeing more and more of these days. While I don't feel like The Fluffy Movie was quite as laugh-a-minute as Iglesias' past releases, its still a great ride that any fan of his should at least watch, if nothing else, than to get caught up on Fluffy's life.

-J.R. Nip, GameVortex Communications
AKA Chris Meyer

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