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The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

R | | Drama | 8 July 2009 (France)
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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Colby Trane ...
Waiter (as T. Colby Trane)
Peter Zizzo ...
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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 ...
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Alan Milstein ...
Sukhdev Singh ...
Chris & Chelsea's Super
Ted Jessup ...
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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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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8 July 2009 (France)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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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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 Difficult People: Hashtag Cats (2016) See more »

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Written and Performed by Shakerleg
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User Reviews

 
Please quit with the "dull and boring..." reviews
16 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, this film was far from perfect, and I definitely don't give it a 10. However, being that it is actually an homage to certain French New Wave films (Namely Agnes Varda's "Cleo From 5 to 7" and Goddard's "Vivre Sa Vie"), it actually does a pretty good job of doing what it came to do. Unfortunately, this type of thing tends to overestimate the intellect of the American audience, hence the "dull" and "boring" reviews that undoubtedly came from people who find anything with subtitles "lame". Please, guys, if you don't get it, do us all a favor, and stick to what you do get, and don't assume that your ignorance of the subject/style makes it a bad film. More than that, though, remember that just because the internet gives you a forum to speak, that doesn't mean you have to use it. Maybe just go watch "Independence Day" again...


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