The Fluffy Movie

PLOT:

Taking the stage at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, comic Gabriel Iglesias delivers a manic performance featuring wild stories and even wilder impersonations. Iglesias opens the book on his personal background and the strange realities of life on the road.

REVIEW:

Comedy Central has really been living up to its name the last few years. Thanks to stand-up specials featuring the likes of Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Louis C.K., and others, we have been privy to an influx of new great comedic talent. One of my favorites in the new breed is Gabriel Iglesias, but I wonder if The Fluffy Movie will fall short or surpass his other specials.

What is this about?

A comedy concert film that captures the on-stage performance and inspirational success story of Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.

Since this isn’t really a film with a beginning, middle, and end, but rather a stand-up comedy routine, I can’t really review it that way I do everything else.

There isn’t a comedian alive that wasn’t influenced by Eddie Murphy and Gabriel pays respect to Murphy by, in a flashback, playing the video of Eddie Murphy Raw. If I’m not mistaken, this is also an homage to the opening scene of that film where Murphy does a flashback to his childhood.

Comedians that lose weight are often chastised for “losing the funny”. Jonah Hill is the most recent example as the “skinny version” wasn’t anywhere near as funny as the one we are more accustomed to. Iglesias’ whole career is based on his weight, so when he started losing it, many were worried. IT doesn’t look like he lost any of the funny, but let’s all give him a standing ovation for dropping 100 lbs!!!

Admittedly, Iglesias doesn’t rehearse his routines, as he prefers for them to be natural or real. Not to mention you can never tell what the audience is going to laugh at. That being said, it is really impressive to watch as he goes into a heartfelt story about meeting his father for the first time and the tragedy of what happened before he could get his parents back together for a picture for him to have with them together. There aren’t many people who could keep that situation from bringing the mood in the house down, but Iglesias manages to do so. If he ever decides to become a comedy writer, I’m sure he’ll have a career. Lord knows comedies these days need someone who can keep the funny going without turning it into drama!

In this day and age, it is just a prerequisite to talk about race and Iglesias is no exception to that rule. What sets him apart from the rest, though, is that he doesn’t take a mean-spirited approach to his race jokes. Instead, he makes fun of the stereotypes in a positive manner. I find this refreshing in this age of cynical, mean-spirited, and nymphomaniac comics to have one that is on stage just telling jokes for fun, not to piss anyone off.

The Fluffy Movie is actually one of the better stand-up comedy films I’ve seen since the Eddie Murphy days. However, I feel this was a bit more studio driven, rather than Fluffy powered. What I mean by that is it doesn’t have that same hungry vibe his previous specials have had, but maybe that’s just me. That point aside, I did find this film to be quite hilarious. I cannot remember the last time I laughed this hard! I highly recommend this and any other Iglesias comedy routines you can track down!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

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