The Girlfriend Experience

July 8, 2009 0 By Fans
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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.7/10 (8,409 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Steven Soderbergh

Stars: Sasha Grey, Chris Santos, Philip Eytan

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?

Writers: David Levien, Brian Koppelman


Sasha Grey

Christine Brown

Chris Santos


Philip Eytan


T. Colby Trane


Peter 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


Mark Jacobson


Alan Milstein


Sukhdev Singh


Ted Jessup

Chatty 'John'

See it with someone you ****


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Release Date: 8 July 2009

Filming Locations: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,700,000


Opening Weekend: $204,112
(24 May 2009)
(30 Screens)

Gross: $695,417
(30 August 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


"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.


Sometimes clients think they want the real you, but at the end of the day, they say they don't. They want what… they want what you want to be. They want you to be something else. They don't want you to be yourself.

Suppose I'm that rare client that really wants to…

If they wanted you to be yourself, they wouldn't be paying you.

User Review

Horrendously Dull

Rating: 3/10

This movie felt like it had potential. It's not often that films try to
take a serious look at the world of prostitution. This, however, was a
downright mess. It was a terribly contrived attempt at being being hip,
indie, and sexy and only managed to land the part that it was
independent. The script was AWFUL. The only thing any of these
characters ever spent any amount of time discussing with one another
was the economic crisis and the presidential elections and that's it,
quite literally. If I wanted to listen to more financial rhetoric I
would have turned on the news. What about exploring the effects the sex
trade has on personal relationships? Or the people involved? Look
elsewhere if you're interested in the humanity of these individuals
because none is displayed here… And sexy? Please. There is no
sensuality to this film and barely even sexuality, which is surprising
considering how the entire premise of the film is built around sex.
There is no sex and only one or two nude scenes that I can recall,
which has become pretty standard for practically any independent film
these days.

Sasha Grey is a downright disaster. There's a reason why she does porn
– she can't act! This girl maintains the same stone cold, dead-eyed
expression and tone throughout the ENTIRE film (save for ONE scene
where she laughs with a client). Apparently she only has two
expressions, bored and orgasm (referring to her adult films). In this
film we only see the first… For that matter, all of the characters
are one dimensional, flat, and boring.

I had to quite literally force myself to watch this garbage. Save your
time and money and skip over this dud.