The Weird World of Blowfly
The Weird World of Blowfly (2011)

The Weird World of Blowfly tells the story of Miami musician Clarence Reid and his alter ego Blowfly, the original dirty rapper. At 69 years-old, with a gold-spangled superhero costume and a catalog of the world's raunchiest tunes,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 16, 2011
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Randall Roberts
Los Angeles Times

What ends up on screen is less a story than a string of depressing, offensive or depressingly offensive scenes.

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David Fear
Time Out

So-so contemporary shows and cantankerous arguments are favored over in-depth looks at Reid's legacy.

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Brent Simon

A nonfiction curio that gets by for hardcore music fans on the personality of its subject and little more; lapses in filmmaking judgment render this World more tragically unexplored than wonderfully weird for general viewers.

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Paul Brunick
New York Times

Somehow Mr. Reid has an ability to push so far into the depths of stupidity that he breaks out the other side, making you laugh in spite of yourself.

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Eric Hynes
Village Voice

Although its subject is never less than captivating, Jonathan Furmanski's film is frustratingly unfocused, a scattershot collection of candid footage and biographical information. Thankfully, Blowfly's world is weird as promised.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Footnote in musical history gets a padded documentary that says more about the nature of fandom than about songwriter and raunchy party-record singer Clarence "Blowfly" Reid.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Furmanski's melancholy, involving documentary ultimately registers as a haunting character study about the sad man behind the filthy music.

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Dennis Harvey

Hanging out with a 1970s cult figure of raunchy R&B "party records" is less fun than one would expect in The Weird World of Blowfly.

Kam Williams

Cringe-inducing debauchery courtesy of The Godfather of Rap!

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