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
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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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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I Liked It
I've been a fan of Soderbergh for a long time. The way he shoots his films, the subjects he finds interesting, the places he takes the characters; all these things appeal to me. Also, his movies always have diverse characters, ethnically speaking, which I like.
This movie has an episodic quality. It's a day in the life sort of thing. Nothing monumental happens, but what does happen feels real. What's even better is that nothing stupid is concocted for the sake of shock value.
Sasha Grey is actually quite good. If I didn't know anything about her background, I'd still say the same thing. She not good "in spite of," she's just good.
I give it a recommend.
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