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

in the business

anywhere anymore.

Well, anyway,

thanks for listening.

I've been in so many

relationships where nobody listens.

I definitely think relationships

are about communication, don't you?

God, totally.

Jesus, that's why we--

it's completely two-way.

We're constantly exchanging

kind of what we think.

I mean, that's how

people relate.

It's just so

f***ing ridiculous

the way everybody wants

something completely one-sided

and want

something for nothing.

Sorry, my hands

are really cold.

It's okay.

I'll warm them up.

Well, my first

thought is I do like it.

I do like it.

It's just that,

I'll tell you, right now

It's a tough time for me to start

pioneering a new line like this.

The economy right now

is really in the toilet.

And we got a store

full of stuff.

And we do have stuff

that somewhat competes

with this type

of garment right now.


I'd like to show it real quick

to Marvin, just to get

an idea of what he thinks.

I'm thinking

right now, no.

But I'm thinking maybe

down the road we can try it.

Marv, uh...

you know,

I would definitely--

I'm definitely okay

with it being on consignment

because it gets a chance

to be out on the floor

and see how it does.

You guys have a very big store

and I'm sure we could find a little

bit of space to put the stuff out there.

I know it's going to sell. I

know people are gonna buy it.

This way

I'm okay with that.

If it doesn't sell, then I'll

take it back. That's fine.

But I would like to have it out

there for the Christmas season

Because that's when

people are buying things.

Everyone has to

stop talking and listen.

If we don't close

this deal on Friday

We have to pay

a huge, huge penalty.

There's no way this deal's

gonna close on Friday.

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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