Basically a 21st century update on the PR Girls formula, Girl$ follows four different young women and their experiences in the world of compensated dating, where girls are paid to date and not necessarily perform sex acts.Of course, sex is an inevitable byproduct of the biz, and the girls are subject to the same dangers: diseases, perverted clients, and even a depraved killer who's out there killing and dismembering working girls.The young well-off Ronnie desires for excitement out of her bored life, she becomes the IT girl among the internet "dating" forums.Estranged from her family, Lin sees compensated dating as having fun while she's being paid.Icy (Michelle Wai) is a former compensated dating participant who has since become a pimp to be with her boyfriend (Derek Tsang).She currently manages Lin (Lin yu Xuan), who has fallen in love with one of her clients.One day, Icy meets rich girl Ronnie (Bonnie Xian) on the Internet and ends up indirectly influencing her to start the compensated dating life for her own reasons.
Director Kenneth Bi makes one for hire with Girl$, a youth prostitution drama that qualifies as his slickest and most watchable, if not really the best film in his filmography.
Finally, there's Gucci (Venus Wong), a 16 year-old high-schooler who wants to sell her virginity to the highest bidder to pay for - what else - a limited edition handbag.
Despite their differing reasons for becoming prostitutes (and that's what they are, some of the girls are quick to remind each other), the four become good enough friends to start hanging out regularly.
Stripped of its style, Girl$ offers little new to this genre besides the same lip service about how sex workers are people too.
Still, provided one doesn't look too closely at the sexual or gender politics involved, there's enough in Girl$ to entertain.