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The Girlfriend Experience -- Set in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election, THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE is five days in the life of Chelsea (adult film star Sasha Grey in her mainstream film debut), an ultra high-end Manhattan call girl who offers more than sex to her clients, but companionship and conversation - "the girlfriend experience." Chelsea thinks she has her life totally under control--she feels her future is secure because she runs her own business her own way, makes $2000 an hour, and has a devoted boyfriend (Chris Santos) who accepts her lifestyle. But when you're in the business of meeting people, you never know who you're going to meet...

The twentieth film from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (TRAFFIC, OCEAN'S ELEVEN), THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE is a sexy, gorgeously shot time capsule from the not-too-distant past.
The Girlfriend Experience -- A drama set in the days leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, and centered on a high-end Manhattan call girl (Sasha Grey) meeting the challenges of her boyfriend, her clients, and her work.


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Writers (WGA):
David Levien (written by) &
Brian Koppelman (written by)
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Release Date:
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Sasha Grey ... Chelsea / Christine

Chris Santos ... Chris

Philip Eytan ... Phillip
Colby Trane ... Waiter (as T. Colby Trane)
Peter Zizzo ... Zizzo

Ron Stein ... 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 ... David
Mark Jacobson ... Interviewer
Alan Milstein ... Pete
Sukhdev Singh ... Chris & Chelsea's Super
Ted Jessup ... Chatty 'John'
Stuart Levine ... Sporting Goods Store President
Marvin Stein ... Sporting Goods Store Vice President
Dennis Shields ... Dennis
Steve Klapper ... Web Designer
Glenn Kenny ... The Erotic Connoisseur
Ben Finkelstein ... Accountant
Michael Sugar ... 'Sugar'

Caitlin Lyon ... Tara

Daniel Algrant ... Dan (as Dan Algrant)
Kenny Blunt ... Ken
Smokey West ... Club H Gym Owner
William Holt ... Hype Gym Owner
Adam Awaiz Yaqub ... Phone Store Salesman
Christina Nadeau ... Chelsea's Girlfriend

Timothy Davis ... Tim
Deborah Fineman Bozik ... Yoga Client

Jénel Stevens ... Female Trainer (as Jenel Stevens)
Howard I. Josephs ... Furniture Store Owner
Shakerleg ... Street Drummer
Galya Vidal ... Chelsea's Trainer
Erika Parys ... Monte Verde Receptionist
Ken Myers ... Craftsteak Maitre D' (as Kenneth Myers)
Elon Dershowitz ... Jewelry Store Owner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooke Aldrich ... Diner Patron (uncredited)

George Aloi ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Danny Boushebel ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)

Karen Collazzo ... Gym Member (uncredited)

Timothy J. Cox ... Businessman (uncredited)

Maria Diaz ... Business Woman (uncredited)

Daniel Fainman ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Jeff Grossman ... Stock Broker (uncredited)
Adelmo Guidarelli ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Edward M. Kelahan ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Tanda Kerín ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Kimberly Magness ... Happy Hour (uncredited)

Francis Maiorino ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

Tala Marie ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Ian Christopher Noel ... Waiter (uncredited)

Michele Peacock ... Fitness Club Member (uncredited)
Christopher Peuler ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Clifford Rivera ... Restaurant Patron #2 (uncredited)
Alyson Rogers ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Olu Rufen ... Restaurant Guest / Bar Patron (uncredited)
Bridget Storm ... Client (uncredited)
Emily Turner ... Business Woman (uncredited)
Antoine Von Boozier ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Paul Weaver ... Dining Patron (uncredited)
Eric Whitehead ... Restaurant Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Soderbergh 
Writing credits
David Levien (written by) &
Brian Koppelman (written by)

Produced by
Mark Cuban .... executive producer
Gregory Jacobs .... producer
Todd Wagner .... producer
Original Music by
Ross Godfrey 
Cinematography by
Steven Soderbergh  (as Peter Andrews)
Film Editing by
Steven Soderbergh  (as Mary Ann Bernard)
Casting by
Carmen Cuba 
Art Direction by
Carlos Moore 
Costume Design by
Christopher Peterson 
Production Management
David Kirchner .... post-production supervisor
Robin Le Chanu .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregory Jacobs .... first assistant director
Jody Spilkoman .... second assistant director
Derek Wimble .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator
Francis Maiorino .... leadman
Philip Markowitz .... art department intern
Theo Sena .... property master
Sound Department
David Betancourt .... foley mixer
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Blake .... supervising sound editor
Matt Coby .... sound editor
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Billy Theriot .... assistant sound editor
Dennis Towns .... production sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Nat Jencks .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gyorgy Darvas .... 24 Frame Playback Operator: daily
Andrew B. Hansen .... best boy electric
Steven Meizler .... first assistant camera: 'a' camera
John Joseph Minardi .... key grip: Las Vegas
William Newell .... gaffer
Heather Norton .... first assistant camera: 'b' camera (as Heather MacDonald Norton)
Jeff Pinette .... assistant camera
Randy M. Salo .... best boy grip
Mark Schmidt .... b-camera operator
Jeremy Schroeder .... key grip
David Stern .... key grip: additional photography
Paul Toomey .... additional second assistant camera
Alexis van Kersen Li .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Peter Walts .... gaffer: Las Vegas
Casting Department
Alexander Barrow .... background casting assistant
Melissa Braun .... background casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy L. Teets .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Jason Barnes .... first assistant editor
Corey Bayes .... assistant editor
Ralph Costanza .... digital intermediate producer
Nat Jencks .... DI editor
Amy McGrath .... apprentice editor
Tim Stipan .... supervising digital film colorist
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Benjamin Sutor .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Woody Jackson .... engineer
Woody Jackson .... musician
Transportation Department
Shane Greedy .... transportation coordinator
Jim Kelly .... transportation captain
John Lalor .... driver
Richard J. Marino .... driver
Leslie Slaughter .... driver: Las Vegas
Other crew
Joan Altman .... production accountant
Cheryl Bohlin .... craft service
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Kimberly N. Fajen .... production coordinator
Evan Gabriele .... assistant location manager
Holly Kang .... assistant: Mr. Soderbergh
Ken Lavet .... location manager: Las Vegas
Brendan Lee .... set production assistant
Francesca M. Mannix .... production secretary
Ken Meyer .... legal services
Elaine Mongeon .... assistant: Mr. Jacobs
Christopher Ramirez .... location scout: las vegas
John Sesumi .... production assistant
Robert T. Striem .... location manager
Adam Wolenski .... assistant accountant
Johnson Colby Sheffield .... production assistant (uncredited)
Fritz Chestnut .... the producers wish to thank
Joe Prieboy .... the producers wish to thank

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"GfE" - USA (festival title)
"Girlfriend Experience" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language
77 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Steven Soderbergh first heard about Sasha Grey when he read an article in Los Angeles magazine about her.See more »
Chelsea:This David and I clicked. There was something there. And I told him that...
Chelsea's Girlfriend:You told him that?
Chelsea:I told him that I was going out of town for the weekend. And he didn't like that at all, and what really set it off was when he insulted me about my... you know. All about my personology books. I had a feeling he didn't support me in my belief. And I found out last night for sure.
Chelsea's Girlfriend:So he found out last night that he doesn't like your astrology?
Chelsea:It's not astrology. Are you goint to do this to me too?
Chelsea's Girlfriend:It kind of is.
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42 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
Save your dollars, 27 August 2009
Author: rgcustomer from Canada

This film gets a 5/10 from me because mostly it was in focus and not too hostile to the viewer.

That said, let me start at the end, and say that I was at once relieved that the tedium was over, and annoyed that almost no story had been told, no character really developed. It doesn't even qualify as an abstractly artistic experience.

Soderbergh is by no means my favourite director, but he has been responsible for some at least competent film-making in the past, which is why I went to see this film, in addition to the subject sounding interesting.

But I am just shocked not to be able to find anything good to recommend this film except that it's in focus, and you can identify a main character or two. The sound, cinematography, and editing are otherwise among the worst I've ever experienced. The story just barely exists. In a way, the film is worth seeing just to see how not to make a film.

I could go on about what I wish had been different, but really, what's the point? It's beyond repair.

I will say it's better than Last Days by Gus Van Sant. If you liked that, you'll probably love this.

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