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The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

 -  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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Chelsea / Christine
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Waiter (as T. Colby Trane)
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Vegas Buddy #3
Vincent Dellacera ...
Chelsea's Driver
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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>

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See it with someone you ****

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

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8 July 2009 (France)  »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$695,417 (USA) (28 August 2009)
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Chelsea: [voice-over] I met with Phillipe on October 5th and 6th. I wore a Michael Kors dress and shoes with La Perla lingerie underneath, and diamond stud earrings. We met at 7:30 PM at the hotel, and had a drink downstairs. He liked my dress but didn't go into detail why, and didn't mention anything else about my appearance. We ate dinner at Blue Hill. Phillipe didn't ask for a menu and had the chef serve us a five-course meal, a different wine with each course. We went to the 9:40 PM showing of 'Man ...
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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 »

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Sodenbergh should be ashamed
17 November 2009 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

When I first saw the poster of the movie and the phrase "see it with someone you f**k" I first thought about an intense drama related to prostitution, drugs, and emotional breakdown (the phrase gives that impression)

I was not expecting blood, bullets and death, but I was thinking about a film exposing how vulnerable women are in this "job", and how difficult is to separate personal life and romance from business. I was expecting Sodenbergh to explain with detail how getting paid for being hammered shapes the unconscious part of a girl personality.

I have paid for sex about 12-15 times in my life, so I have little experience to talk about this, but enough to say that each time a prostitute enters a room to work she feels like she's playing Russian roulette (since she does not know whether the client is a psycho or an English gentleman, regardless of the social status of the customer). I wanted Sodenbergh to show me how these women experience and manage to control the emotional roller-coaster they live daily.

Instead of all this, I get this piece of crap. A senseless movie with no plot with an actress that, when it comes to physical attraction, isn't beautiful (come on!!! Sasha isn't ugly, but she's not Eva Mendes... she has no tits, her face isn't that nice, and the only cool thing about her is her ass), and when it comes to her personal charms she's colder than liquid nitrogen.

I spent 90 minutes of my life waiting for something interesting to happen and I was SERIOUSLY disappointed. If I had to describe the movie in matters of time distribution, it would be something like this: - 15 minutes talking about what she wears for every encounter with a customer

  • 20 minutes talking with her customers about a how to invest her money




  • 10 minutes in which her boyfriend is trying to convince some dude


about becoming member of his Gym

  • 20 minutes of her boyfriend and 4 dudes in a flight talking about


Vegas, the economic crisis and Obama's ideas

  • 10 minutes of Sasha talking to a friend of hers about some crappy


books she read

  • 15 minutes of Sasha talking crap with his boyfriend




I don't see the point of this movie. If it was supposed to be a documentary... there is no "document" on it, only bizarre and senseless situations. If it was supposed to be a drama, there is ABSOLUTELY NO TENSION or climax in it. If it was supposed to be an experiment, well... Steven could have done this in private and show it ONLY to his friends.

When it comes to Saha's performance, she is boring as hell. The least thing you expect on a USD 2k/hour escort is to have a sparky and charming personality. Instead, you see a meat pop-cycle. I have spent money on hookers with this type of attitude and, believe me, they don't deserve more than USD 40 in my country. So the movie also fails to show a believable main character.

Save yourself a couple of dollars and 90 minutes of your life... and do something else.

Sodenbergh f**** it up like he did on Solaris.


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