What You Need To Know:
Like many independent dramas, there’s practically no jeopardy in THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. Most of the dialogue is static, and the characterizations are boring. Though the movie contains explicit sexual references and nudity, it is tamer than one might expect, considering the subject matter. It also has plenty of strong foul language. The movie’s comparison of capitalism to prostitution is a tired, abhorrent Marxist cliché. This humanist movie is only noteworthy because it was directed by an acclaimed and talented, but obviously over-rated, director. Marxism clearly warps one’s mind and one’s gifts.
(HHH, CoCoCo, AcapAcapAcap, PCPC, AbAb, LLL, SS, NN, A, D, MMM) Very strong humanist, Marxist-Communist, politically correct worldview attacking capitalism by comparing it to prostitution, with some politically correct jokes and references to President George W. Bush as well as the 2008 presidential election and an anti-Semitic scene showing a stereotypical, supposedly devout Jewish jeweler getting pleasure from hugging a semi-nude prostitute he’s hired; at least 25 mostly strong obscenities (mostly “f” words), one strong profanity and seven light profanities; no violence; strong sexual content and references includes story centers on a prostitute, depicted scene of man lasciviously holding woman in skimpy underwear with rear nudity, implied prostitution sex, sex writer offers prostitute a good review in exchange for sex but he reneges on the deal, and frank discussion of sex; upper female nudity in at least a couple scenes, rear female nudity in at least a couple scenes, implied full female nudity in shadows in one scene, and upper male nudity in one scene; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying, deceit, exploitation, and prostitute’s live-in boyfriend, a personal trainer, does not mind her perverted business, probably because she obviously earns much more than he does.
In the late 1960s, one of the movies by acclaimed, controversial French director Jean-luc Godard, a devout Marxist, shows a wall with graffiti on it saying, “Cinemarxism.” That term is a perfect description of Godard’s movies, and it is a perfect description of many other movies down through the ages, including Steven Soderbergh’s (OCEAN’S ELEVEN, OCEAN’S THIRTEEN, CHE, and ERIN BROCKEVICH) new low-budget experiment, THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE.
THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE is a low-budget Marxist critique of American society that compares capitalism to prostitution, something that many Marxists, including Godard, have often done in the past. The movie stars a real-life porn actress as Chelsea, a young “escort” lady in New York City who offers herself as a companion to rich men even though she is living with her boyfriend, Chris. Set during the beginning of the economic crisis last fall, the story focuses on Chelsea’s efforts to make herself more marketable in the downturn. She even gets economic advice from some of her wealthy clients, some of whom are shown discussing the economic crisis among themselves. Finally, Chelsea’s live-in boyfriend, who’s okay with her prostitution, gets upset when Chelsea suddenly thinks she’s falling in love with a new married client from Los Angeles. Chris does not believe the man will leave his wife and two daughters for her.
Like many independent dramas, there’s practically no jeopardy and little conflict in THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. Most of the dialogue is static, and the characterizations are rather boring and shallow.
Though the movie contains explicit sexual references and nudity, it is tamer than one might expect, considering the subject matter. The comparison of capitalism to prostitution is a tired, abhorrent Marxist cliché that, regrettably, is still taught on many college campuses today. This humanist movie will have very little traction at the box office. It will be a very minor footnote in cinema history and is only noteworthy because it shows how Marxist aesthetics can destroy the career (and mind) of a filmmaker like Steven Soderbergh, who does have some talent. Marxism clearly warps one’s minds and one’s gifts.
THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE also contains plenty of strong foul language and an anti-Semitic scene involving the prostitute and a stereotypical, supposedly devout Jewish jeweler.