Steven Soderbergh has dabbled in low-budget experiments before, but this time it looks like he’s going straight for the box-office jugular. The Girlfriend Experience takes a peek at an Ashley Dupre-esque callgirl, and combines a few time-tested box office draws in the process: sex, lifestyle voyeurism, and a lead actress crossing over from porn. Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Sasha Grey…
Early reviews suggest it’s more about money than sex, but a trip through the world of high-rent prostitutes is still a trip we’re more than willing to take. It’s also one of the first films to use the new Red One digital camera in place of good old film, which gives the whole endeavor an appropriately grainy feel.
We can only imagine what Che would make of it all.
- — Russell Brandom