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The Girlfriend Experience [Blu-ray] (2009)

Sasha Grey , Steven Soderbergh  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sasha Grey
  • Directors: Steven Soderbergh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028PY4L6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Girlfriend Experience [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Chelsea (Adult Film Star Sasha Grey in her mainstream film debut), a $2,OOO-an-hour Manhattan call girl, offers more than sex to her clients; it's her companionship and conversation that provides her customers with the complete girlfriend experience. Chelsea thinks she has her life totally under control, but when you're in the business of meeting people, control can be easily manipulated.

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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Shelf Soderbergh May 21, 2009
Format:Amazon Instant Video
If you like Soderbergh's more challenging, smaller scale, experimental work, you'll find a lot to love about The Girlfriend Experience. If you're just showing up for porn star Sasha Grey, save yourself the 10 bucks unless you really want to see the girl act. She actually delivers a natural, credible performance as an escort who isn't nearly as sophisticated as she thinks she is.

Told in a fractured, back and forth manner, the narrative is slight and challenging, but the jumbled chronology galvanizes your focus on what's happening. This isn't just the story of a call girl, it's really about loneliness, disconnectedness and the commodification of everything in the modern world, including love.

Soderbergh is often a detached filmmaker, but this is one of his most emotionally resonant pictures since Solaris. The feeling is subtle, but it's there.

This is also one of the most beautifully photographed films of the year.
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73 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars can't buy me love May 22, 2009
Format:DVD
The need to love and be loved, to know and be known, suggests director Steven Soderbergh (Bubble), is so deeply and powerfully embedded in human nature that we will do almost anything to get it. We will even pay for it, whether to a therapist, to a personal trainer like Chris, or to a $2,000 an hour "escort" girl like Chelsea who provides sex, of course, but mainly therapy to very wealthy but deeply lonely men. Mainly they talk to Chelsea, about all the things you'd talk about in a "real" relationship. She pretends to offer that and they believe they receive it, and woe to both parties when they drop their guard and transgress business boundaries to reveal themselves to each other as real human beings rather than as partners in a transaction. Since human love is one of the few things you can't buy, Chelsea and her clients seek something they can't get and forfeit their closest approximations in what they already have.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Illusions for Sale June 24, 2009
Format:DVD
The sole intent of a business is to provide a commodity for the consumer. A young escort named Chelsea (Sasha Grey) is herself a commodity for rich men who, for all intents and purposes, want the same basic thing: Companionship. Some want to go to the movies. Many want to wine and dine her at pricey restaurants. Sex can be involved, but according to what we're shown, Chelsea's clients are much more interested in airing their financial grievances and persuading her to vote in specific ways during the 2008 Presidential campaign. They also seem quite fascinated with the idea of discovering the "real" Chelsea, which is probably why they often ask her so many questions about what she does for a living. But is it possible to "know" her? As she says, "If they wanted to know the real me, they wouldn't be paying." For an escort, it's not about reality, but about creating the illusion of reality.

Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience" operates on complex but relatable notions of humanity, specifically how money can be such a motivating factor. Neither Chelsea nor her clients delude themselves into believing that theirs is a lasting relationship. Indeed, her cool attitude and monotone voice make it clear that it's all about making a transaction and nothing more. She claims to be an escort in a committed relationship, but judging by the way she regards her boyfriend of a year and a half, Chris (Chris Santos), the idea is open for debate; Chris is a personal trainer, and like Chelsea, he wants to be successful at what he does. Do they love each other? Who knows? They live together, but there's never a moment of passion or even basic friendliness. Even when they argue, there's no conviction in what they say to one another.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant to me...will be awful to most... August 5, 2009
By Seen
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is kind of an odd film to review, partially because it's such a singular film, which is probably why most (newspaper, film critic) reviews focused soley on it being a commentary on the economic crisis.

The writer/director of the film, Steven Soderbergh is best known for his ultra-successful and stylish works like "Ocean's 11" (the Clooney/Pitt one) or maybe the more mainstream award winner "Traffic." But in between doing these studio pics, Soderbergh does some truly original, sometimes downright experimental films like "Schizopolis" and "The Limey." The latter of his work is best suited to arthouse crowds, and even they will have mixed reactions.

I thought this was a brilliant film--it's exceedingly ambitious, stylistically suave, and thematically dense.

There's not really a plot per se, and the timeline is jumbled, but for the sake of simplifying it, we'll say that it follows a high class call girl played by real-life adult mega-star Sasha Grey over the course of 8 days, just before the Obama/McCain election. Non-linear plots are a dime a dozen these days, and so rarely do I see it done effectively and meaningfully ("Memento" and "Pulp Fiction" being two familiar standouts.) It seems rather haphazard at first, but by the time you're done, it's really quite an ingenious structuring.

Sasha Grey is either good at taking direction, has trouble emoting, or is a good actress--the world may not know until she does something else (besides porn.) Her performance is affectless, but it fits so well with the character (and is even referenced in the film) that I don't know whether to credit Soderbergh, Grey, or both for this suitable performance. (P.S. This is not a "sexy film.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad. Real Bad.
An boring, disjointed collection of jibberish. Just plain awful. Back to adult movies Sasha because your "talents" are much better applied in that realm.
Published 1 day ago by Andrew Oeftering
2.0 out of 5 stars Sasha Grey is excellent but story is spotty
Slow moving and very disjointed. Sasha Grey is excellent but story is spotty.
Published 7 days ago by George Fernandez
3.0 out of 5 stars Last Scene perfect, the rest on autopilot
I had this on for background noise while doing something else. As it seemed rather one note it lost my interest quickly, but I kept it on thinking it might be informative. Read more
Published 9 days ago by SilentMira
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
Not worth the time to watch it.
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was good
Published 1 month ago by Juan Carlos Aguirre
4.0 out of 5 stars Intimate portrait of two people
I really enjoyed this smaller, intimate look at 2 people striving to succeed in their careers & relationship in New York City before 2008 election.
Published 1 month ago by mArs-kaOs
1.0 out of 5 stars Zero point zero score.
Zero character development, wooden acting, echoing sound. Just bad all the way around. It doesn't have a point or any substance. A complete waste of time.
Published 1 month ago by D. A. Schimelpfenig
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL
0 stars if that was an option. It was very slow and the acting was so unenthusiastic. I dosed off repeatedly. Really just awful.
Published 2 months ago by djrenee27
2.0 out of 5 stars Scatterd ideas
this movie starts with sasha grey riding in the back of a taxi,
with her boyfriend , which happens to work as a personal,
trainer in a private gym,
these two are not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sefriendlyguy
1.0 out of 5 stars There were writers?
This movie is a total waste of time. It's like watching someone's sad home movie. Pathetic people, with too much money.
None of it was interesting. Read more
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