THE FLUFFY MOVIE
Unity through Laughter
Release Date: July 25, 2014
Starring: Gabriel Iglesias
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 101 minutes
Distributor: Open Road Films
Director: Manny Rodriguez and Jay
Lavender (Opening segment
Executive Producer: Carl Beyer, John Bravakis, Jay
Producer: William Bindley, Ron DeBlasio,
Gabriel Iglesias, Mike Karz,
Writer: Gabriel Iglesias
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In the beginning, there’s an opening segment (or five-minute movie) depicting the meeting of Gabriel’s parents, his birth, his father’s absence, and his childhood. This short opening segment serves as the introduction to Gabriel’s comedy stand-up performance. During his stand-up routine, he openly speaks (or jokes) about his struggles with obesity, adoption of his stepson, and his first meeting with his father after being abandoned by him 30 years before.
THE FLUFFY MOVIE is centered on a biblical and moral worldview. The positive message is overall evident in Gabriel’s personal testimony of redemption, where he forgives and reconciles with his absent father and cares for his adopted stepson, who was also abandoned by his biological father.
The lesson of reconciliation and forgiveness in the life of Gabriel Iglesias serves as a reminder of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:14: “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Also, Gabriel’s loving care for his adopted stepson serves as a reminder of how God the Father has adopted us into his family through the atonement of his son Jesus Christ, and now he lovingly corrects and cares for us.
That said, Gabriel’s use of foul language, some sexual gestures and potential insensitive jokes about obesity, race and sexuality derive from a culture of paganism.
In terms of aesthetic worth and value, THE FLUFFY MOVIE is entertaining and well made. It was really creative to begin the movie with a short segment about Gabriel’s early life in order to set the stage for the stand-up routine. It set the humorous/funny mood for the movie and the audience. The short movie or segment itself wasn’t shot well, but that was clearly intentional and self-deprecating.
The great comedic ability, and showmanship, of Gabriel Iglesias also contributes to THE FLUFFY MOVIE. His ability to make people laugh stems from the fact that he tells hilarious jokes and has great vocal impersonations. His great showmanship mainly stems from his proficiency to incorporate real and personal issues into his comedy routine, which allows him to connect with the audience.
Overall, THE FLUFFY MOVIE is a hilarious movie centered on a moral and positive message, but it’s marred by some foul language and lewd references. Caution, therefore is advised, especially for pre-adolescent children.
THE FLUFFY MOVIE has a strong moral worldview. This is evident in Gabriel’s personal testimony of redemption, where he forgives and reconciles with his absent father and cares for his adopted stepson, who was also abandoned by his biological father. This is unquestionably entertaining. The opening segment is funny, and the movie is enhanced by Gabriel’s great showmanship. His ability to make people laugh stems from the fact that he tells hilarious jokes and has great impersonations. However, the movie contains inappropriate language and jokes. So, regrettably extreme caution is advised for THE FLUFFY MOVIE.