The End of the Tour

2015 R 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD

The End of the Tour

2015 R 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD
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In 1996, "Rolling Stone" reporter David Lipsky accompanied acclaimed author David Foster Wallace on a five-day promotional tour, which is chronicled in this affecting drama that focuses on the bond they form through casual and profound discussions.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The End of the Tour is a superb, mature drama based on a 1996 interview between reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel). There's a reference to suicide and some very strong language ("f--k," "s--t," etc.), plus several sexual references (to masturbation, anonymous sex, oral sex, etc.), though no actual sex is shown. Characters smoke a lot of cigarettes and drink socially; cocaine, heroin, and other drugs are also referenced but not shown. Though the movie is talky, it's also intelligent, subtle, and profound, touching on topics like celebrity, journalism, writing, friendship, and loyalty (as wel as, briefly, issues like addiction and suicide). Teens interested in pursuing writing as a career will find plenty to think about here.

Sexual Content

References to masturbation, sleeping with anonymous female fans during a book tour, and oral sex.


Reference to suicide.


Uses of "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," and "butthole," plus "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

Though there's no obvious moral, there's plenty to think about in terms of celebrity, journalism, writing, friendship, and loyalty. The film also touches briefly on issues of addiction and suicide.


References to McDonalds, KFC, Taco Bell, Pepsi, M&Ms, Pop Tarts, and Topol (the smoker's tooth-polish).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters regularly smoke cigarettes. Use of chewing tobacco. Drinking beer in a social setting. References to drinking, snorting cocaine, and using heroin.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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