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The Girlfriend Experience
The Girlfriend Experience
Actor: Sasha Grey
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
R     2009     1hr 18min

Chelsea (Adult Film Star Sasha Grey in her mainstream film debut), a $2,OOO-an-hour Manhattan call girl, offers more than sex to her clients; it's her companionship and conversation that provides her customers with the com...  more »


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Actor: Sasha Grey
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/29/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 18min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Steve G. (steveg859)
Reviewed on 8/19/2014...
I literally fell asleep twice while watching this. It was one of the most boring movies I think I have ever seen. And why it was rated R, I have no idea! A real snoozefest. ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
David M. from WALKERTON, IN
Reviewed on 2/3/2011...
Sasha Grey can act, at least I think so. A convincing performance. Her boyfriend is a whiner, or he plays the role very well as it is written. Men will watch this, expecting to see something good (meaning x-rated) from Sasha, no such luck. Women will hate it because Sasha does things (elsewhere) they would never dream of.

A word about the convoluted storyline, what is the problem? Everyone raved when Quentin Tarentino did this in Pulp Fiction, why criticize it here.

Movie Reviews

Can't buy me love
Daniel B. Clendenin | | 05/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The need to love and be loved, to know and be known, suggests director Steven Soderbergh (Bubble), is so deeply and powerfully embedded in human nature that we will do almost anything to get it. We will even pay for it, whether to a therapist, to a personal trainer like Chris, or to a $2,000 an hour "escort" girl like Chelsea who provides sex, of course, but mainly therapy to very wealthy but deeply lonely men. Mainly they talk to Chelsea, about all the things you'd talk about in a "real" relationship. She pretends to offer that and they believe they receive it, and woe to both parties when they drop their guard and transgress business boundaries to reveal themselves to each other as real human beings rather than as partners in a transaction. Since human love is one of the few things you can't buy, Chelsea and her clients seek something they can't get and forfeit their closest approximations in what they already have."
Top Shelf Soderbergh
C. J. Kennedy | Los Angeles, California USA | 05/21/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you like Soderbergh's more challenging, smaller scale, experimental work, you'll find a lot to love about The Girlfriend Experience. If you're just showing up for porn star Sasha Grey, save yourself the 10 bucks unless you really want to see the girl act. She actually delivers a natural, credible performance as an escort who isn't nearly as sophisticated as she thinks she is.

Told in a fractured, back and forth manner, the narrative is slight and challenging, but the jumbled chronology galvanizes your focus on what's happening. This isn't just the story of a call girl, it's really about loneliness, disconnectedness and the commodification of everything in the modern world, including love.

Soderbergh is often a detached filmmaker, but this is one of his most emotionally resonant pictures since Solaris. The feeling is subtle, but it's there.

This is also one of the most beautifully photographed films of the year."
Passing Out Spoons
chmwood | 05/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Maybe Amazon should have a spoon rating for the movies in its on-demand service. It seems as though most people who have reviewed this film wanted to be spoonfed a story of some type...or maybe the spicy material wasn't as Kleenex-box worthy as they had hoped.

Whatever the case, don't listen to them if you like movies that let you look into someone else's life. GFE is like a Cassavetes film, without all of the yelling. Oh, and it's brilliant."