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
On October 18th, I met with Dan. I wore a vintage black cashmere sweater, earnest sewn jeans, and Pour la Victoire boots. Dan talked the entire time. We didn't have sex. He was very upset about a contract his firm lost to I.M. PEI. He set another date for Tuesday, October 21st.
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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 »
Was it a masterpiece? No. Was it quality Soderbergh? Yes-but that's not saying much (Full Frontal, anyone?). It made me think of Annie Hall and Chasing Amy. Annie Hall for its non-linear-yet-still-very-easy-to-follow narrative style (think of a toned down Limey). Chasing Amy because...well, because Kevin Smith used to always say that he tried to dispel misconceptions about relationships and sexuality with that 'film.' Whether or not he succeeded, I 'dunno'-but Soderbergh certainly has a lot more to say and does so rather proficiently with this movie. The running time for this think-piece is a blessed 77 minutes and strangely enough I could not pause the cable box and step away (even though I needed a cigarette since BEFORE the movie began). That's saying something. Decent date flick? I'd say so--but only if you're with someone cerebral or a whore. Enjoy.
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