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On Golden Pond Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Valuable lessons in loving one's family members.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie's insights into family and aging may be too mature for young viewers, but they will enjoy the warm relationship between the rebellious boy and the grumpy grandpa. Parents should also know that the grandpa character suffers a heart attack.

  • Families can talk about why movies so rarely feature actors who are visibly aged, especially women. Why do you think that is? How do you feel when you see old people up on the screen?

The good stuff
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    Messages: nstead of talking calmly through their problems, family members constantly swear at each other.

What to watch for
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    Violence: An older character has a heart attack.

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    Sex: A talk about whether the middle-aged daughter and new boyfriend are going to sleep together. Skinny dipping, but nothing is shown.

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    Language: The Thayers give the finger to a rude speedboat operator. Moderate bathroom and sexually themed swearing.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue