The Film Club A few years ago, Canadian dad David Gilmour made a deal with his 15-year-old son, Jesse. The kid could drop out of school (and didn't… The Film Club A few years ago, Canadian dad David Gilmour made a deal with his 15-year-old son, Jesse. The kid could drop out of school (and didn't… 2008-05-06 Memoir Nonfiction Twelve
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The Film Club (2008)

The Film Club | PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED In The Film Club , David Gilmour offers his dropout son a reel education
PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED In The Film Club, David Gilmour offers his dropout son a reel education
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 06, 2008; Writer: David Gilmour; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: Twelve

A few years ago, Canadian dad David Gilmour made a deal with his 15-year-old son, Jesse. The kid could drop out of school (and didn't have to get a job, or even get out of bed before noon), on one condition: Jesse had to watch three movies a week with his father. The Film Club, Gilmour's page-turning account of that experiment says more about parenting than movies, which is funny, because occasionally Gilmour sounds like a really bad parent. (The second movie he shows Jesse? Basic Instinct!) But Gilmour's a clear, breezy writer, and his book's got a lot of heart; ultimately, it becomes subtly affecting. A-

Originally posted May 02, 2008 Published in issue #990 May 09, 2008 Order article reprints