Watching this film, after having grown up with the Cummings version of Joe Gould (EE is mentioned peripherally, but does not appear in the film), I learned a great deal, and was profoundly moved by the interaction between the two characters and how it changed both their lives. I will not reveal the ending, except to say that it is something the film slowly builds up to, and it would not have the same impact without the rest of the film. Yes, as others have said, the pacing is a bit slow, but it really had to be that way - if you want to see a fast-paced film, try a search for Clint Eastwood. If you want to see a film about a successful and functional eccentric (albeit one with a tragic family), try Crumb. For a great tragedy about the lives of two writers and how they touched one another, this film will do nicely.