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


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 <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 July 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

GfE  »

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Box Office


$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$204,112 (USA) (22 May 2009)


$695,417 (USA) (28 August 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"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 »


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 »


Referenced in Brows Held High: Tromeo & Juliet (2012) See more »


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4 May 2009 | by (Phoenix) – See all my reviews

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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