The End of the Tour

The End of the Tour

DVD - 2015
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The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, right after the publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite jest.' Based on David Lipsky's critically-acclaimed memoir "Although of course you end up becoming yourself: a road trip with David Foster Wallace."

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readyrisa
Nov 04, 2017

Compelling! Prior to watching the film I had no idea who David Foster Wallace was...but now after seeing the film, I want to learn more. I really enjoyed this reflective true docu-drama.

The film provides a look at envy and celebrity. A Rolling Stone writer who is himself a novelist pitches to his editor the idea of an interview with the latest "Great American Author," David Foster Wallace. The editor agrees and the Rolling-Stone-writer/struggling-novelist, played by Jesse Eisenberg, travels to the Midwest to accompany DFW on the last leg of his INFINITE JEST book tour. This movie wouldn't work if not for the excellent performance of Jason Segel as DFW. I've never read Wallace. I had friends who did, all English majors, and they're devoted to him. The screenplay unfolds with the foreshadowing of Wallace's 2008 suicide. There's no real amazing profundity to the dialogue, except, if you ask me, Wallace's description, toward the end of the movie, of depression. The film got me thinking, "Who was the last 'Great American Author' of Wallace's caliber? Dave Eggers? Michael Chabon?"

AL_TIEGAN Jul 17, 2017

Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky tagging along to interview Wallace during the last weekend of his book tour for Infinite Jest. I am quite a fan of both actors, but I must say I did not really like these two together. However, the story was incredibly moving and really shows that Segel is capable of more than goofy comedy. It did feel a little long - about halfway through the story started to drag, but the acting was compelling enough that I stuck it through to the end.

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Nooksack20
May 23, 2017

If you like endless dialogue with no action, this might just be your cup of tea.

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amoby
May 07, 2017

Im not a fan of depression, these actors, these characters in the movie or in real life but I still think this is a great movie.

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klimekk
May 06, 2017

masterpiece - one of the best movies ever seen

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 23, 2017

A deep and meaningful film about David Foster Wallace, a writer whose troubled internal workings made him a genius but also resulted in his tragic end, THE END OF THE TOUR touches upon life with its edges overlapping, humour one second and sorrow the next. It is a great watch, one that I had no trouble getting through. It's not a pretentious trudging film. It is paced exactly as it should be and the casting of Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel is spot on. If you know nothing about Wallace, there is no barrier to entry; the film gives you the background you will need and not in any clunky exposition or narration. I loved THE END OF THE TOUR and would recommend it.

AL_ELENA Mar 13, 2017

I enjoyed this film very much, and it made me want to read some of David Foster Wallace's work (which it turns out I also enjoy very much). Jason Segal gave an impressive performance, showing range I didn't know he had.

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21221018293347
Feb 25, 2017

I think it would be better if you actually knew a little about the characters of this story, as it is based on fact.

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_Alicorn_
Jan 14, 2017

I liked the rapport between them. Insight into getting to really know someone, or not.
I found myself wanting to see the movie through even though it was a lot of talking.
Sometimes you have got to read between the lines.

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 23, 2017

"I think that writing books is a little like raising children, you know? You have to be careful. It's okay to take pride in the work, but I think it's bad for someone to want the glory to reflect back on you."

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 23, 2017

"He wants more than he has. I want precisely what he already has."

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 23, 2017

"Well, I think being shy basically means being self-absored to the extent that it makes it difficult to be around other people."

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 23, 2017

"So as the Internet grows in the next ten, fifteen years, and virtual reality pornography becomes a reality, we're gonna have to develop some real machinery inside our guts to turn off pure, unalloyed pleasure. Or -- I don't know about you -- I'm gonna have to leave the planet. Because the technology is just gonna get better and better, and it's gonna get easier and easier and more and more convenient and more and more pleasurable to sit alone with images on a screen, given to us by people who do not love us, but want our money. And that's fine in low doses, but if it's the basic main staple of your diet, you're gonna die."

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 23, 2017

"Okay, you can make me look like a real d**k, if you print this."
"No, I'm not going to, but, if you can, speak into the mike."

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 23, 2017

(discussing existential anxiety)
"It may be in the old days what was known as a spiritual crisis: feeling as though every axiom in your life turned out to be false and there was actually nothing. And that you were nothing. And that it's all a delusion and you're so much better than everybody because you can see how this is just a delusion, and you're so much worse because you can't f**king function."

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