The End of the Tour

"An illuminating meditation on art and life with Jason Segel giving the performance of his career, potently catching the internal conflicts of celebrated novelist David Foster Wallace." - Rolling Stone

"With his bandana and granny glasses, David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) looks more like an aging hippie than a newly hot novelist. Yet his latest book, 'Infinite Jest,' has caused such a stir that journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) is certain that a profile of this rising literary star would be ideal for Rolling Stone. The assignment would also be personally satisfying for Lipsky, whose own novel made a swift trip to the remainder bins.

"With his idea greenlit, Lipsky sets about drawing out Wallace, who has reluctantly agreed to an extended interview coinciding with the end of his book tour. The two make an interestingly contrasting pair: the shambling, disheveled novelist, eager to please but also guarded about his private life, and the wired, eager journalist, looking for an angle that will ensure a lively and possibly controversial story.

"It’s not long before things get complicated. Is their relationship strictly professional, or is this the beginning of a friendship? And if they are becoming friends, how does that affect their roles as interviewer and interviewee?

"It all comes down to a matter of trust.

"Based on a memoir by Lipsky, 'The End of the Tour' is about a lot of things: the worship of genius, the burden of celebrity, the bond between journalist and subject. Working from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, director James Ponsoldt ('The Spectacular Now') intriguingly explores those themes while also eliciting an extraordinary performance from Segel.

Best known for his comic roles, Segel is thoroughly empathetic as an artist who’d rather not be on display. Eisenberg is more than adequate as Lipsky, but Segel gives the film its emotional center.

"Despite a premise that seems anything but cinematic, 'The End of the Tour' is an offbeat and fascinating film." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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