The End of the Tour is a 2015 American drama film about writer David Foster Wallace. The film stars Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, was written by Donald Margulies, and was directed by James Ponsoldt. Based on David Lipsky‘s best-selling memoir Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, the film was released on July 31, 2015, by A24 Films.
The film has received widespread acclaim from critics, with a 91% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a score of “universal acclaim” on Metacritic. In his review for The New York Times, A. O. Scott wrote, “I love it… You hang on its every word and revel in its rough, vernacular beauty.”
The film has been honored in numerous “Best of 2015” lists, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, The Guardian, Variety, The Washington Post, The New York Post, The New Republic, Paste, Wired, The Bay Area Reporter, Collider, Star Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Examiner.com, The Seattle Times, The Capital Times, Herald and News, Cinema Blend, Now Magazine, Seven Days, Auburn News, City Pages, Austin Chronicle, The Oklahoman, The Oregonian, The Washington Times, Huffington Post.
The film is the first film treatment of Wallace, whom Los Angeles Times called “one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years”. John Krasinski directed an adaptation of Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men in 2009.
Writer David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) is dismayed to hear about the suicide of novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) in 2008. He had interviewed the author over a period of days twelve years earlier, following the publication of Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest, which received critical praise and became an international bestseller, a touchstone for numerous readers. He listens to the recordings he made during their time together.
The film returns to the period shortly after the book’s release. Although initially skeptical of the high praise Wallace’s book is receiving, Lipsky – a writer having only marginal success – is awestruck after reading it. He persuades his editor at Rolling Stone magazine to give him an assignment to interview Wallace during his book tour.
The journalist travels to meet Wallace at his home on the outskirts of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois (near the state university where the author teaches writing). Lipsky finds the young author unassuming and amiable, but indifferent to being interviewed. Wallace permits Lipsky to tape-record their conversations, with the proviso that Lipsky won’t use any direct quotes which Wallace asks to have taken “off the record” five minutes later. Wallace opens up to Lipsky on a variety of subjects, ranging from dogs to television to fame and self-identity, but remains somewhat guarded. He tacitly admits to alcoholism, but offers few details of his experience. Lipsky’s mention of Wallace’s brief voluntary institutionalization under a suicide watch causes some friction between them
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