The Film Club

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May 02, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

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-

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