Sasha Grey carries the movie even though I'm not sure if she is just naturally inexpressive and incredibly stoic or if that is what comes across due to her not being a good actress? Anyway - intentionally or not - that worked well. The interaction with the several men is interesting and kept me on board.
The sub-plot with the boyfriend/gym/Las Vegas business was unnecessary and boring. Could've done without it.
May be THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE is too meta for its own good, but it's more than mere novelty. Example: Soderbergh casts real-life film critic Glenn Kenny in the role of an escort critic. He does the same with New York staff writer Mark Jacobson who plays a journalist gunning for a profile on high-end escort Chelsea (Sasha Grey, ex porn star). And yet Soderbergh's style never overpowers his intent or sardonic humor
I thought Grey was very good in this. I honestly do not understand why people thought her acting was bad. Her performance was so natural and conversational that all lines delivered by other actors seemed overly forceful and theatrical.
Reminds me of a girl I knew who was with a Chris but wanted a David...that aside I think Sasha Grey has potential in being a serious actress, though the material here by Soderbergh and his writers seems all too compact, a terrible trend in films today, which makes what could have been a pretty gripping experience seem like a wist of faint perfume in the air, and you forget to wonder where she may have went.
I recommend the alternate cut, available on the DVD. By removing the ongoing discussion amongst the airplane passengers, Soderbergh makes the relationship between Christine and her boyfriend much more direct. The focus - as voices drift over static, often blurred images of empty, expensive apartments - creates something almost hypnotic, if not genuinely suffocating; the entire film becoming a blue note of despair.
*Mouths silently* "Come here"-> died. I actually used this very scene and the way she "talks" and engages with her actor peer in that scene to help and direct an actress in one particular scene of my debut short-film. A lesson in acting. Memorable performance by Grey. I want to see her in more movies too. She can act most definitely...