[Marxism] The Girlfriend Experience

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 3 15:09:05 MST 2009

Despite arriving with a lot less fanfare than “The Informant!”, Steven 
Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience” is a far better movie with a 
much sharper take on the dry rot that characterizes American capitalism 
in its senescence. Despite its no-name cast and mumblecore sensibility, 
“The Girlfriend Experience” is dramatically gripping as it tells the 
story of a young and very attractive Manhattan couple who would fit into 
a “Sex in the City” episode. Chris, the male, works as a trainer in an 
upscale health club and his girlfriend Christine—known to her clients as 
Chelsea—is a high-priced call girl. Both are creatures supremely adapted 
to commodity production, in her case the ultimate commodity of all—the 
human body.

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