Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Girlfriend Experience

The Takeaway: Apparently even in the middle of these apocalyptic economic times, there's always oodles of hooker money lying around. Oh - and having a call girl for a girlfriend is the best way to get professional sex at bargain basement prices.

Format: Netflix Instant Streaming, HD

First Time Screening. Um, yeah. I love Steven Soderbergh. He rocked us all with Sex, Lies, and Videotape. He makes gigundo Hollywood blockbusters with gleaming-toothed, perfecto-quaffed box office titans - but he never fails to return to his indie roots. Very, very badass. That being said - and I love that he did some fun editing, non-linear storytelling here - but non-linear doesn't mean you neglect character development and story structure. It took a while to get going, though I dug the vibe, but the story didn't seem to go anywhere, was repetitive, had little arc for the main character - and yet it still felt like it ended abruptly. This isn't to say you should ignore the film. But it won't appeal to the masses. And it wasn't supposed to. I'd recommend it for all lovers of indie cinema and anyone looking to see something a little different. Enjoy, kiddies.

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