Coming to Bluray from STARZ and Anchor Bay Entertainment along with writer/directors Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz is the limited series “The Girlfriend Experience.”
Christine Reade (Riley Keough) is a law student at Chicago-Burnham who begins an internship at Kirkland & Allen law firm. Struggling to make ends meet Christine finds herself resentful of it all.
That is when her friend Avery (Kate Lyn Sheil) tells her of “the girlfriend experience.” Providing intimacy for a price and not always sex, Christine believes this is a way to have more of the good things in life and thus Chelsea is created.
This is when she begins living a double life that far exceeds anything she could have imagined. What she doesn’t think about is the far reaching affects her choice will have.
Keough as Christine gives such an amazing performance and I am honestly drawn into the character. This series starts out slowly letting the viewer grab onto the very complicated life of Christine. There is something about her that is looking for that something to quicken her life.
With the creation of Chelsea and the GFE, it is another face of someone who is looking for something to quicken her life. That is the duality created here, both ‘women’ are pushing the envelope and both are coming close to that edge where there is no turning back.
This is a series where talking to much about it can ruin it for someone watching “The Girlfriend Experience” for the first time. Trust me when I tell you that once the characters are set up in the first few episodes, there is no way to turn away from what is to come.
Included in the cast is Paul Sparks as David Tellism Mary Lynn Rajskub as Erin Roberts, Alexandra Castillo as Jacqueline, Sugith Varughese as Tariq Barr, Michael Therriault as Skip Hadderly, Sabryn Rock as Kayla Boden, James Gilbert as Jack and writer/director Amy Seimetz as Annabel Reade.
Anchor Bay Entertainment once again brings an amazing series to those who constantly expand their home entertainment library. From STARZ Original Series, children’s entertainment and specialty films on Bluray and DVD formats, Anchor Bay has even more to share. Find out more by visiting www.anchorbayentertainment.com.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Girlfriend Experience” four tubs of popcorn out of five. I’d give it a five but I am waiting for the second season which has been green lighted by STARZ! Each episode delves into the dark mix and the story line is superior.
To be quite honest there isn’t a single thing about this series I don’t like. Keough has taken this character and run with it in a big way. I can’t sing her praises enough. Each character that Christine/Chelsea comes into contact with, Keough responds in such a surprising way that I am floored.
The Bluray includes the episodes Entry, A Friend, Retention, Crossing the Line, Insurance, Boundaries, Access, Provocation, Blindsided, Available, Fabrication, Home and Separation. The Special Bonus Feature includes An Inside Look, What is the Girlfriend Experience? and The Look of The Girlfriend Experience.
The series is inspired by the 2009 film of the same name directed by Steven Soderbergh. Along with Philip Fleishman, Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz, Jeff Cuban and Gary Marcus, Steven Soderbergh is an Executive Producer on the series.
In the end — it’s personal.