The End Of The Tour



Somerville Theatre - Screen 1 Wed, Apr 22, 2015 7:30 PM
Film Info
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
Cast/Crew Info
Director:James Ponsoldt


Director James Ponsoldt and Actor Jason Segel will appear in person.

In 1998, Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky, still reeling from the underwhelming sales of his own debut novel, pitched an in-depth profile of David Foster Wallace, whose novel Infinite Jest was about to break out and become a literary phenomenon. The piece never did end up running, but after Wallace’s suicide, Lipsky published the transcripts of their five-day road trip together as Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself.

Directed by IFFBoston alumni James Ponsoldt (THE SPECTACULAR NOW, 2013), THE END OF THE TOUR dramatizes these two writers’ time together with uncommon intellect and sensitivity. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Lipsky, and Jason Segel delivers a career-changing performance as the iconic Wallace. The film is a portrait of a very specific moment: Wallace is on the cusp of seismic superstardom that is about to obliterate his anonymity. But what we also have here are two very smart guys trying to negotiate their roles in what is essentially a transactional relationship.

Is Wallace’s slobby, junk-food–eating, regular-guy persona just a cultivated act to make others feel comfortable in the presence of a genius? The perfectly cast Eisenberg is seething with envy, but also desperate for the approval of his new literary hero—not exactly the best position to be in when contractually required to pick the scabs of a man’s troubled past for a few million magazine readers. THE END OF THE TOUR asks questions about the elusiveness of authenticity in an artificial celebrity culture, where it’s almost impossible to end up becoming yourself.

—Vincent Archer