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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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Cast

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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

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

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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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Steven Soderbergh first heard about Sasha Grey when he read an article in Los Angeles magazine about her. 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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References McHale's Navy (1962) See more »

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Bad Timing
Written and Produced by David Holmes
Courtesy of Universal Songs of Polygram International Inc.
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another film "nothing happens" style
28 August 2009 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

And don't get me wrong. I like those movies too: In the mood for love, from WKW. Genius!

But here... nothing does really work. First of all: Sasha Grey - she might be good at moaning and stuff, but as a real actress: she looks bored out of her frickin mind the whole movie! And that was how i felt the whole movie! Once again, not much happens in the movie, what would be fine if you compensated it with character development, or beautiful shots, or even some nice editing not to mention soundtrack. But nothing of that is really there. Im a big fan of fragmented editing but it doesn't work if you have no story to tell! Also the excessive comments about elections and the economics moment in the movie, will just make it look outdated in a few years. hell, i just watched it and felt it a lil outdated.

there's no commercial appeal in this movie, and no art appeal either. there were exactly 8 people in the theater besides me and my GF. And none of them seemed very enthusiastic when the lights were on again.


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