The Girlfriend Experience

Synopsis: 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?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Steven Soderbergh
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
77 min

that keeps borrowing money from

him and not paying it back.

Then we had sex for about an hour.

After, we talked about--

After, we talked for about 15

minutes and he fell asleep.

At breakfast he briefly told me

his worries regarding the economy

and said I should invest

my money in gold.

He also mentioned a book about

how the Federal Reserve works.

He didn't make

another appointment.

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.

I know you've been buying

five sessions at a time.


You realize you're losing

money by doing that, right?

But I'm taking it

as it goes, you know?

I know. I hear that.

The whole thing is is, like,

if you buy more sessions, obviously

you're gonna save a lot more money.

I think our relationship is good.

You're liking what we're doing.

- You do a great job.

- You're feeling good. You're looking good.

You've gained

five lbs. of muscle.

- You're on your way to a six-pack.

- I'm trying.

I don't think our relationship

is going to end soon.

So my suggestion is let's

have you buy a bigger package--

- like 25 or 50.

- What did I do last time? 10?

- You did five.

- That went quick.

So if you did 25 or 50, you'd be saving,

like, 20 bucks per session.

So you're looking

at saving $400.

And I know times are a little crazy,

but that's my point.

I know what I pay for five.

What's it go up to from there?

You pay $150

for five.

And you'll end up

paying $125

If you end up

getting 25 sessions.

You are the beautiful,

young ingenue accompanying--

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David Levien

David Levien is an American screenwriter, novelist, director, and producer. Best known as the co-writer of Ocean's Thirteen and Rounders, Levien has also produced films such as The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones. Levien frequently collaborates on projects with his writing partner Brian Koppelman. As a novelist, he has published City of the Sun, Where the Dead Lay, 13 Million Dollar Pop, and Signature Kill. Earlier works are often published under D. J. Levien. Levien studied at the University of Michigan. more…

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