Based on Steven Soderbergh's 2009 movie of the same title, this anthology series is set in Washington DC in the days leading up to the presidential election and centers on a high-end NYC escort, Christine (Riley Keough), who offers clients "the girlfriend experience" while leading a double life as a young attorney in training.Written by
I wasn't sure what to expect from this series, as I've never seen the movie upon which it is based. But robots bathed in orange and teal having sex amidst a backdrop of homogeneously dreary Canadian concrete and glass buildings wouldn't have been my first guess. Cold and detached in every sense of the word, with a plot as thin as the protagonist's silk shirts, this show doesn't so much tell a story as *suggest* one through brief, often wholly disconnected scenes. While the show's star, Riley Keough, is attractive in a bland Kristen Stewart sort of way, I was never certain if her flat affect was intentional or if she simply doesn't know how to act. And while other characters kept mentioning her intelligence, wit and charm, the show never seemed inclined to show the audience any of these characteristics. If I had known 20 years ago that being a high-end escort required this little charisma, I might have tried the profession myself! Mildly entertaining if you enjoy viewing bland sex through a hazy, frosted lens.
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