The Girlfriend Experience

The Girlfriend Experience

DVD - 2009
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"...The Girlfriend Experience is a sexy, gorgeously shot time capsule set in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election. The film observes 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 believes her life is totally under control and her future is secure: she runs her own business her way, makes $2000 an hour, and has a devoted boyfriend who accepts her lifestyle. But when you're in that business, you never know who you're going to meet..."--Container.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Mongolia Home Entertainment, c2009.
Edition: Widescreen ed..
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (78 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2020

Viewers either love it or loathe it. Count me in the latter crowd as the relationships (experiences) between the men and the antagonist are fleetingly shallow and emotionally empty. I guess that is the point of the film.

Love it: Roger Ebert rated the film four out of four stars, saying "This film is true about human nature. It clearly sees needs and desires. It is not universal, but within its particular focus, it is unrelenting."

Loathe it: David Edelstein of New York Magazine complained that, "Most of the dialogue is listless, and no matter how much Soderbergh snips and stitches, the movie is a corpse with twitching limbs."

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qxd1071
May 13, 2019

Super slow and very dull. Couldn't even make it half way.

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Daveinportland
Dec 27, 2017

Lame.

But it was Grey's first serious role,so perhaps her acting has improved since then.

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susupply
Aug 17, 2013

If you're looking for car chases, shoot-outs, or explosions, avoid this movie. If you enjoy Chekhovian tragicomedy you might enjoy it.

It's a niche movie.

aaa5756 Jan 12, 2013

This movie was terrible. “Dumb, Boring and Stupid” Waste of time - Waste of Electrical power.
It would be a waste of money to buy. "I fast forwarded all the way."

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RapMuscleMan
Jul 28, 2012

Being a big fan of Sasha Grey, I liked this movie. I thought it was pretty interesting. It was a little slow at times.

Monuu May 03, 2012

Very boring. Not interesting at all. They didn't really explore the subject of the movie.

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bstudent
Oct 17, 2011

good but moved slow and not really my thing

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RichardPaul
Jul 13, 2011

The Girlfriend Experience ----
DVD 2009----

Only watched a few minutes and shut it off!

Enjoy if ya can!

RichardPaul

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bdls206
Mar 14, 2011

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, but it moves way to slow even for as short as it is. Sasha Grey should stick to her porn movies as there acting seems to be better than this movie.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2020

Let me guess - this guy's married. Does he have a family? What do you think's gonna happen? You're gonna go away this weekend... something magical is gonna happen? He's gonna go home to his wife - who he's cheating on by the way - and say,"Hey, Honey, guess what? I spent three days with a hooker, and guess what -"
-I don't know what's going to happen. And that's the point.
I know what's gonna happen. You know what's gonna happen? You're gonna go on your little trip, all right? And when he's done playing with you because he's having a midlife crisis, he's gonna leave you and go back to his normal, great life with his wife and his family and he's gonna leave you
high and dry. And guess what - then you're gonna come back here, and there's no here anymore.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2020

I love that when it happens with a client - you meet somebody and there's
like a real connection.
-It is different. A client's different from a boyfriend. It's a different kind of relationship. There's boundaries there where it's just a little bit artificial, whereas what you have with Chris is really- it's a real relationship.
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About a year ago I found these books on personology. So the first thing
I ask a client- or one of the first things at least - is when is their birthday.
And that helps me see if this person is going to put me in danger, if they're gonna be a risky business decision.
-So you vet them out by seeing if they have their personal details on the top of their head?
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I've been in so many relationships where nobody listens. I definitely think relationships are about communication, don't you?

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2020

Sometimes clients think they want the real you, but at the end of the day they don't. They want what they want you 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.
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What you do for work - you met a client today. You didn't meet your soulmate. You didn't meet some guy you read about in a book, okay?
-I don't know that and you don't know that.
No, I do know that. You don't spend one day with a guy and destroy over-a-year relationship. I mean, we live together. We're just gonna throw that all out?
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What differentiates you from those other women is what's gonna make these other businesses grow for you.

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Chelsea: 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.
Interviewer: Suppose I'm that rare client that really wants to...
Chelsea: If they wanted you to be yourself, they wouldn't be paying you.

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Mar 31, 2011

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bdls206
Mar 14, 2011

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?

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