The Girlfriend Experience ()

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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
Philip Eytan ...
Colby Trane ...
Waiter (as T. Colby Trane)
Peter Zizzo ...
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 ...
Alan Milstein ...
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 ...
Steve Klapper ...
Web Designer
Glenn Kenny ...
The Erotic Connoisseur
Ben Finkelstein ...
Caitlin Lyon ...
Dan (as Dan Algrant)
Kenny Blunt ...
Smokey West ...
Club H Gym Owner
William Holt ...
Hype Gym Owner
Adam Awaiz Yaqub ...
Phone Store Salesman
Christina Nadeau ...
Chelsea's Girlfriend
Deborah Fineman Bozik ...
Yoga Client
Female Trainer (as Jenel Stevens)
Howard I. Josephs ...
Furniture Store Owner
Shakerleg ...
Street Drummer
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:
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
David Cagen ...
Taxi driver (uncredited)
Gym Member (uncredited)
Businessman (uncredited)
Maria Diaz ...
Business Woman (uncredited)
Pedestrian (uncredited)
Stock Broker (uncredited)
Adelmo Guidarelli ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Brooke Herron ...
Diner Patron (uncredited)
Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Timothy Knock ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Happy Hour (uncredited)
Francis Maiorino ...
Chauffeur (uncredited)
Party Goer (uncredited)
Ian Christopher Noel ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Fitness Club Member (uncredited)
Christopher Peuler ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Bar fighter (uncredited)
Clifford Rivera ...
Restaurant Patron #2 (uncredited)
Alyson Rogers ...
Pedestrian (uncredited)
Olu Rufen ...
Restaurant Guest / Bar Patron (uncredited)
Client (uncredited)
Emily Turner ...
Business Woman (uncredited)
Andre Von Boozier ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Antoine Von Boozier ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Paul Weaver ...
Dining Patron (uncredited)
Eric Whitehead ...
Restaurant Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by

Steven Soderbergh

Written by

David Levien ... (written by) &
Brian Koppelman ... (written by)

Produced by

Mark Cuban ... executive producer
Gregory Jacobs ... producer
Todd Wagner ... producer

Music by

Ross Godfrey

Cinematography by

Steven Soderbergh ... (as Peter Andrews)

Film Editing by

Steven Soderbergh ... (as Mary Ann Bernard)

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)

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

David Cagen ... taxi driver
Richard Hebrank ... construction coordinator
Francis Maiorino ... leadman
Philip Markowitz ... art department intern
Theo Sena ... property master

Sound Department

David Betancourt ... foley mixer
Larry Blake ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Matt Coby ... sound editor
Dawn Fintor ... foley artist
Thomas W. Jordan ... boom operator
Matthew Stark ... boom operator
Alicia Stevenson ... foley artist
Billy Theriot ... assistant sound editor
Dennis Towns ... production sound mixer

Special Effects by

Gunter Anderson ... special effects technician

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

Location Management

Evan Gabriele ... assistant location manager
Ken Lavet ... location manager: Las Vegas
Christopher Ramirez ... location scout: las vegas
Robert T. Striem ... location manager

Music Department

Woody Jackson ... engineer / musician

Script and Continuity Department

Carol A. Compton ... script clearance

Transportation Department

Shane Greedy ... transportation coordinator
Jim Kelly ... transportation captain
John Lalor ... driver
Rita Lundin ... production driver
Richard J. Marino ... driver
Leslie Slaughter ... driver: Las Vegas

Additional Crew

Joan Altman ... production accountant
Cheryl Bohlin ... craft service
Kimberly N. Fajen ... production coordinator
Holly Kang ... assistant: Mr. Soderbergh
Brendan Lee ... set production assistant
Francesca M. Mannix ... production secretary
Ken Meyer ... legal services
Elaine Mongeon ... assistant: Mr. Jacobs
John Sesumi ... production assistant
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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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines See it with someone you **** See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • GfE (United States)
  • Girlfriend Experience (Japan, English title)
  • Girlfriend Experience (France)
  • Girlfriend Experience - Aus dem Leben eines Luxus-Callgirls (Germany)
  • Synodos polyteleias (Greece)
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  • 77 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,700,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $204,112, 24 May 2009

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections Featured in 2010 AVN Awards Show (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Bad Timing See more »
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 »
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 on Wire' at the Sunshine Cinema, and he liked the movie. We went back to the hotel and talked for half an hour. Mostly about a friend of his that keeps borrowing money from him and not paying it back. Then we had sex for about an hour. After that, we talked for about 15 minutes and he fell asleep. At breakfast, he briefly told me his worries regarding the economy, and he said I should invest my money in gold. He also mentioned a book about how the Federal Reserve works. He didn't make another appointment.
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