The Girlfriend Experience
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Set in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election, The Girlfriend Experience is five days in the life of Chelsea, an ultra high-end Manhattan call girl who offers not just 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 who accepts her lifestyle. But when you're in the business of meeting people, you never know who you're going to meet...
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 123
- Fresh: 79
- Rotten: 44
- Average Rating: 6.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The movie ends so abruptly (it runs a scant 77 minutes), it's a toss-up as to whether Soderbergh was trying to make an auteur statement or simply lost his mojo.
Fresh: This is one of the director's small, experimental, semi-improvised provocations, and if it doesn't push too deep, it's pointed enough to leave a mark.
Fresh: It doesn't say anything too deep, but it says it with crystalline style.
Fresh: Soderbergh proves he's still got the lightness of touch that marked him out as one to watch 20 years ago with Sex, Lies and Videotape.
I saw the trailer for this last year and wanted to see the movie.
Forgot all about it until I came across it on Itunes yesterday.
I read all the reviews and was very very skeptical.
But wow, I really enjoyed it. It was very artful and I loved the aesthetics.
Very beautifully done. I think what disappoints people is the fact that she is a porn star
and they see this movie hoping for some good sex scenes.
But its more about the feelings and experience of the life of an escort.
I'm always that one that likes what others dont like.
If you are a person that is off to the left, you'll enjoy this flick.
Misleading, yet ok.
The movie is ok if you know what you're getting into. However, the trailer is misleading in that it makes you think it's either going to show you the life of an escort or the uniqueness of a relationship between a guy who's dating an escort and how the couple are able to manage the emotional from the physical. Really though, what you're getting yourself into when watching this is a 70 minute commentary on the current economy and how each person, no matter what their job, needs financial security, and it's not even that deep. More like listening to someone talk to his/her financial adviser for more than an hour.
Not a turn-on but well done.
Many of us saw the movie because adult film star Sasha Grey had been cast in the lead and we wanted to see if she could act. She can; in fact she's very effective here. The movie follows this very sexy woman as she sees wealthy Johns and copes with the personal fallout from her work. The character is distant and displays a "flat affect", which has caused some critics to say that this is simply a jaded sex worker playing the role of a jaded sex worker. It's not, though, because the character's emotional wall crumbles from time to time and we see the soul of a profoundly lonely person. Grey plays these moments with an understated but almost heartbreaking honesty. As a whole, the movie is "talky" (as my Mom used to say) but ultimately very poignant. Be forewarned, though, the actress doesn't show any more skin than Meg Ryan or Elisabeth Shue might. If that's what you want to see, just look up her porn videos; she does things that would make Caligula blush.