Episode 26 – On Golden Pond

Jessica introduces Charlie to one of her favorite films, 1981’s acting tour-de-force On Golden Pond. They discuss the deliberate casting, knockout performances and the one and only Dabney Coleman. Listen to find out Jessica’s least favorite 80’s slang term, and the one aspect of the movie Charlie hate hate hated.


OMG there’s a sequel to On Golden Pond coming out… maybe? It depends somewhat on being able to film it in New Hampshire, which does not have the same tax incentives for movie productions that other states have. Why those crotchety old tax-payers of New England won’t shell out money for the sake of people from California, I don’t understand!

Dabney was the 8,737th most popular baby name for girls in the U.S. in 2017 according to babycenter.com. For boys, it was 18,185th.

Hey kids, here’s some info on filmstrip projectors. Yes, we sometimes had to use these to “learn” in school. Don’t laugh too derisively – one day your children will laugh at you for having used iPads.

Oscar nominations we forgot to mention were for Best Sound Editing, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture. Eh, probably didn’t deserve to win any of those. It’s no wonder we forgot to mention them in the episode!

Roger Ebert gave this movie 4 stars, despite having many of the same complaints about the film that we do. It just goes to show that sometimes the good outweighs the bad, and you have to rate with your heart. Also, Roger Ebert was great.

Things We Reference:

Away From Her (2006)

Parenthood (TV series, 2010-2015)

This Is Us (TV series, 2016-present)