The Girlfriend Experience Season 1 Blu-ray Review
“The Girlfriend Experience” is a frustratingly dull series.
Based on the Steven Soderbergh film of the same name, “The Girlfriend Experience” revolves around a Law school student (Christine) who has just landed an intership at a prestigious law firm. Upon talking to a friend/classmate (Avery) who works as an escort that provides The Girlfriend Experience (AKA a transactional relationship), Christine finds herself becoming wrapped up in that world to earn some good money. As Christine juggles school, the internship, and her secret life as an escort, complications begin to arise such as Christine trying to keep secrets, a dead client, her Boss David, and an obsessive client (Jack). Other plots involve Christine’s family and drama at the law firm.
Steven Soderbergh’s original “The Girlfriend Experience” was a largely forgettable film that was noteworthy only for the (at the time) stunt casting of adult film actress Sasha Grey. So, when a 13 episode first season based on the film was released, I was a little puzzled. Sure, the show could have potentially delved into the psyche and the world of the main character more, but other than that, I couldn’t see this being a show. After watching it, I still can’t see how it’s a show.
For those expecting a deep character study or a thematically rich series about sex, voyeurism, life, control and so forth, you’re going to be disappointed. The character of Christine is largely vague, the plot is often repetitive and uneventful, the show heavily leans on being artistic and stylized, and the drama as a whole is cold and detached. Even if that is all on purpose, it simply doesn’t make for an engaging series.
As for the show’s star (Riley Keough), she was entirely robotic in the lead role of Christine. Again, even if that is on purpose, she’s just not a very interesting character due to the lack of emotion. Sure, she has a character arc in which she finds herself, but that journey isn’t worth embarking on
Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? This is a beautifully shot series. Of this there is no doubt.
Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 7.1. How does it sound? This is generally a quieter show so a 7.1 seems like overkill here, but the track delivers nonetheless.
* “An Inside Look” contains episode clips, interviews, plot, theme, and character discussions, the usual.
* “What Is The Girlfriend Experience?”- Cast and crew members provide a definition.
* “The Look Of The Girlfriend Experience: Voyeurism Is Here”- A featurette about the cinematography.
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