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

So did you like

the movie?

I think the movie was good.


It was very


What about you?

I liked it.

It wasn't

what I expected.

Too many people

in this...

in this movie theater.


I don't do very well in--

with crowds.

I know.

It was great,

you know,

very well done,

very well done.

And the way he

describes, you know,

the different steps that

led him to do that--

that's what's


It's a documentary

kind of movie.

I thought it wasn't

going to happen.

They kept saying,

"Oh, we're not gonna get away with this."

And they did.

I was surprised.

Yeah, it was good.

Would you

watch it again?


Sorry to interrupt.

Have you decided on a wine this evening?

- Yes.

- What would you like?


- red is good for you?

- Yeah.

Can we get

a bottle of--?

The first time he asked

for money was two years ago.

The second time--

six months ago.

And now,

two days ago,

he's asking

for some more.

And he's a friend.

And, you know,

I help him.

But it's a lot of money

we're talking about.

And it never ends.

So what do I do?

What would you do?

It sounds like he's

taking advantage of you.

It's good

to see you.

It's always good

to see you.

Thank you.

Come here.


Get 'em.

Get 'em.




Good stall here.

Good stall.

Beautiful, Zizzo.

Drop it down.


Good set.


- I'm just kidding.

- How're you feeling?

- All right.

- Eat your Wheaties this morning?

- My Wheaties?

- Yeah.

I had my muscle milk this morning,

Wheaties after.

So what's going down?

What's new?

You want to hear everything

or just recent things?

Let's start at two or three

and work your way up.

Let me ask you

a question.


What are you doing

this weekend?

What am I doing

this weekend?

No, the other trainer

I'm working with.

- I don't know. I don't know.

- I do.

Chelsea, I'm ordering breakfast.

Do you know

what you want?

I'll just have whatever you're having.

Thank you.

What about the bailout?

How do you think that's going to turn out?

That's not

gonna work.

You need more money

in the system,

a lot more money than

what the government is putting in.

It's just

the beginning.

So I don't know

what to tell you.

I think it's better

to stay cash and...

that's what I do anyway,

so it's good for me.

No it's not.

I'm out of here.

Thank you

very much.

- I hope I'll see you soon.

- Me too.

- Take care.

- You too.

I met with Philip

on October 5th and 6th.

I wore a Michael Kors dress and shoes

with La Perla--

I wore a Michael Kors

dress and shoes

with La Perla lingerie


and diamond stud


We met at 7:
30 at the hotel

and had a drink downstairs.

He liked my dress

but didn't go into detail why

and didn't mention anything else

about my appearance.

So how did it go?

It was fine.

We had a nice dinner,

you know, went back

to the hotel.

But he's

very well endowed

and sometimes I just can't

handle him that long.

Lucky for me, though,

he's attractive,

so that helps and I

at least enjoy myself.

But it was weird

when I left.

He didn't even stand up

to hug me or say goodbye

or kiss me on the cheek.

It was a very

awkward departure.

He's never

done that before.

We ate dinner at Blue Hill.

Philip didn't ask

for a menu

and had the chef serve us

a five-course meal,

a different wine

with each course.

We went to the 9:40

showing of "Man on Wire"

at the Sunshine Cinema.

And he liked the movie.

We went back to the hotel

and talked for half an hour,

mostly about

a friend of his

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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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