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

Let me ask you

a question.

Not to pry,

but you guys--

I mean, you guys

are hurting.

Everybody's hurting right now.

How do you--?

You're gonna spend money?

You're going to do this?


Don't worry about that.

I'm go?

If I was hurting,

I wouldn't go.

I can't afford

to go to Vegas.

You don't have

to afford to go to Vegas.

I can afford for you

to go to Vegas.

We all can afford

for you to go to Vegas.

In fact, we almost can't

afford for you not to go.

You gotta come,

dude, seriously.

All right, let me see

what I can do.

Hi, Chris.

Package for you.

Thank you very much.

Have a good day.


I'm starving.

How was work?

Work was good--

a little crazy.

I trained Zizzo.

He was trying

to convince me to go

To some crazy

trip in Vegas.


Yeah, boys' trip

to Vegas this weekend.

I told him I didn't think

you'd approve of that.

Do you get bored of just

talking to rich people?

It can get tedious.

It can get tedious?


It can.

You really have to adapt and

become something that they want.

Oh, God.

I mean, do you find

yourself caring at all?

I do.

I think you're getting a little

worked up about it, though.

Because the economy

is f***ed.

And my business

is f***ed.

I'm making 1/10 of what

I made two years ago.

It's just getting

worse and worse.

And this is something that is

gonna f***ing fall by the wayside

if I can't

get it together.

And I've aged out

of the business also.

So I f***ing show up on

a set and people ask me--

They think I worked on

"McHale's Navy" or something.

Did that other show

get picked up?

Yeah, it might have

gotten picked up,

but it's not a sure thing.

And it's not enough

To maintain what

I'm kind of used to.

You don't think so?

I can't tell.

I don't know what the f***'s going on

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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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