The End of the Tour

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"Imagine the greatest conversation you've ever had."
  • R
  • 2015
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 7.2  (32,493)
  • 82

The End of the Tour is a 2015 American film based on the memoir Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself by David Lipsky. The movie stars Jason Segel as the late author David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky, a Rolling Stone reporter who spends five days with Wallace during his book tour for Infinite Jest. The film starts with Lipsky receiving the news of Wallace's suicide in 2008. It then flashes back to 1996, where Lipsky is a struggling writer and Wallace's novel has just been published to critical acclaim. Lipsky pitches a story to Rolling Stone about Wallace's book tour, and is given permission to join him on his last stop in Minneapolis.

The majority of the movie takes place during their five-day road trip. Lipsky interviews Wallace while they visit various locations, including a radio station, a bookstore, and a laundromat. The two men develop a complex relationship, with Lipsky both admiring and envying Wallace's literary success. Wallace, on the other hand, seems uncomfortable with the added attention and scrutiny that comes with his newfound fame.

Throughout the movie, the two men engage in probing conversations about everything from writing techniques to depression and addiction. Wallace's struggles with mental health and self-doubt are a recurring theme, and Eisenberg portrays Lipsky's increasing fascination with the author's complexity and intelligence.

Anna Chlumsky makes a brief appearance in the movie as Lipsky's girlfriend, Sarah. Her character provides a contrast to the intellectual dialogue between Lipsky and Wallace, and serves as a reminder of the outside world that both men are trying to navigate.

The End of the Tour is a character-driven film that explores the complexities of friendship and the creative process. The movie delves into the mind of an author who struggled with depression and addiction, while also showcasing his brilliance and wit. Jason Segel's performance as David Foster Wallace is a standout, with the actor embodying the author's quirks and vulnerabilities with sensitivity and nuance.

Eisenberg's portrayal of Lipsky is also noteworthy, as the actor brings a palpable sense of longing and envy to the character. The movie does an excellent job of capturing the mood of the late 90s, with its focus on alternative rock and the rise of the internet.

Overall, The End of the Tour is a powerful exploration of the human condition, and the ways in which we connect with one another. It's a poignant and thought-provoking film that reminds us of the enduring legacy of David Foster Wallace, and the impact that his work has had on generations of writers and readers.

The End of the Tour is a 2015 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2 and a MetaScore of 82.

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