Steven Soderbergh usually splits his time between directing big budget studio fare like the Ocean’s movies and quirky low budget stuff like Full Frontal. The Girlfriend Experience is one of his films that fall into the latter category. A lot of Soderbergh’s indie films are pretty bad and this one is no exception. It’s the rare movie that makes prostitution seem dull and unsexy.
Porn star Sasha Grey stars as a hooker who offers “The Girlfriend Experience” for her clients. That means instead of just having dirty sex in the normal hookery type places like alleys, motels, and the backseats of Chevys, the client has to take her out to dinner and a movie first and treat her like they would a girlfriend. And here’s the kicker… most of these bozos don’t even have sex with her! They’d rather TALK to her about their problems and shit.
Now I don’t know about you but this sounds like some backward ass shit to me. Why would you pay some hooker some crazy amount of money and THEN pay for dinner AND a movie AND cab fare and STILL NOT HAVE SEX WITH HER? That’s the reason you pay a hooker money; so you don’t have to go to dinner and a movie. You can just skip right to the sex.
It would be one thing if the movie was all about Sasha Grey getting paid to have sex, but no. All she fucking does in this flick is talk, talk, talk. And she doesn’t even talk about cool shit either. Mostly she talks a bunch of boring crap about investing money and whatnot. It’s like watching goddamn Suze Orman or some shit. (And half the time she whispers so much you can’t even hear what the fuck she’s saying.) Sasha isn’t a bad actress but Soderbergh doesn’t give her anything to do besides babble. She isn’t nearly as good as she was in Swallow My Children that’s for damned sure.