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The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

R | | Drama | 8 July 2009 (France)
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A drama set in the days leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, and centered on a high-end Manhattan call girl meeting the challenges of her boyfriend, her clients, and her work.

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Steven Soderbergh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sasha Grey ... Chelsea / Christine
Chris Santos ... Chris
Philip Eytan Philip Eytan ... Phillip
Colby Trane Colby Trane ... Waiter (as T. Colby Trane)
Peter Zizzo Peter Zizzo ... Zizzo
Ron Stein ... Vegas Buddy #1
Marshall Gilman Marshall Gilman ... Vegas Buddy #2
Michael Roberts Michael Roberts ... Vegas Buddy #3
Vincent Dellacera Vincent Dellacera ... Chelsea's Driver
Jim Kempner Jim Kempner ... Art Gallery Owner
David Levien David Levien ... David
Mark Jacobson Mark Jacobson ... Interviewer
Alan Milstein Alan Milstein ... Pete
Sukhdev Singh Sukhdev Singh ... Chris & Chelsea's Super
Ted Jessup Ted Jessup ... Chatty 'John'
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Storyline

Chelsea (Sasha Grey) is a high-priced $2,000-an-hour call girl in Manhattan, offering a 'girlfriend experience': she'll dress with the client in mind, go to dinner and a movie, listen attentively to talk about work and finances, and she'll provide sex. It's October, 2008: a presidential election nears and the economy is in free fall. She has a boyfriend, Chris (Chris Santos), who's a personal trainer. We are shown five non-consecutive days in Chelsea's life. She's working on her Web page, talking to image consultants, and being interviewed by a reporter. She asks clients when their birthdays are and uses that for an astrological prediction. She's drawn to a new client, a writer from L.A. Should she break her rules for him? What if it risks her relationship with Chris? Should she invest in gold? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

See it with someone you ****

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 July 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

GfE See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,112, 24 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$695,417, 30 August 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Girlfriend experience" is a form of sex work (paid-for female companionship) in which a female prostitute behaves like a male client's girlfriend or shows (artificial) emotional intimacy beyond the sex act. See more »

Quotes

Interviewer: We agreed to meet here and have this kind of situation, which is a transactional situation like the one you deal with all the time in your business, right? Now, we're up to this part where I'm asking you something that would actually be intresting to me, and I feel that you're holding out on me. I mean, the thing is that the inner you is really... I mean, there's... in this business it's all about appearance, right? If you weren't beautiful, nobody would be paying to bang you, right? To put it ...
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there's a brief scene of Chelsea washing a client's hair as he sits in a bathtub and talks about John McCain. See more »

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Referenced in Brows Held High: W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (2012) See more »

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Rubber Ring
Written and Produced by David Holmes
Courtesy of Universal Songs of Polygram International Inc.
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User Reviews

 
Sex is everywhere in The Girlfriend Experience, except there's no sex.
21 May 2009 | by la_fleurSee all my reviews

First of all, Sasha Grey, queen star of more than 80 porn films, is ironically the only professional actor in the movie, playing a character who is always acting. Grey was contacted through MySpace, but she really pulled her part off, considering she works in adult films, she plays the part really well, her performance is understated and realistic.

Because the movie is set during the financial crisis of October 2008, this film is also about people obsessed with money, the true nature of the crisis, from Sasha to her clients.

Her clients talk about the economy more than just having sex with her. Worried about losing their money, those highly blamed executives that people anger in public life are human and vulnerable in their private life, asking for counselling with an escort girl.

When she's alone in the midst of a relationship crisis just as bad as the economical situation, we see that the economy really doesn't phase her. She's recession proof, paid in cold hard cash and no matter how bad things are, guys have needs. Soderbergh jumps around in the story but ties it all together neatly.

The film looks great too, the cinematography is really modern, realistic and with intimate camera movements. However I felt the script was a bit fluffy in places, many of it was improvisation.

It will certainly be an eye opener for those who are unaware of the daily business of an escort. Would have liked to have seen more in-depth analysis of the character’s history/background. Who is she? Where did she come from? What was her upbringing like? The movie ignores these details which are usually important for a character study.

8.5 out of 10


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