The Girlfriend Experience

Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Mongrel Media)

Chelsea (porn star Sasha Grey) is a $2,000-an-hour escort who offers customers "the girlfriend experience" (sex, companionship, compassion). She, her high-rolling clients and her personal-trainer boyfriend are all feeling the pressures of the global recession (just like us low-rollers!). Stylishly directed by Steven Soderbergh, The Girlfriend Experience is one of the first narratives to address the financial crisis, so it's unfortunate it's so alienating. It's sad Chelsea's lonely clients see her pricey services as a recession-be-damned necessity and that Chelsea's selling an experience her own life lacks. But it's hard to get concerned about a woman who's paid handsomely to watch arty documentaries with rich guys.

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