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Big Girls Don't Cry (2004)

Anna Maria Mühe , Karoline Herfurth , Maria von Heland  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anna Maria Mühe, Karoline Herfurth, Josefine Domes, David Winter, Tillbert Strahl-Schäfer
  • Directors: Maria von Heland
  • Writers: Maria von Heland
  • Producers: Andrea Willson, Claudia Loewe, Judy Tossell, Oliver Damian, Philipp A. Barnett
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AOV4J
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Girls Don't Cry" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Director and cast interviews
  • Making-of featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Kati and Steffi have been best friends forever. Now that their love lives are heating up, they're hitting the books less and going out to nightclubs more. But when Steffi sees her father out with another woman, her life begins to spiral out of control. Steffi hatches an outrageous revenge plan against her father's mistress. Meanwhile, Kati begins a fun romance with an older man. As the two girls begin to grow apart, they realize that they need each other more than ever. Written and directed by new German talent Maria von Heland and starring newcomers Anna Maria Mühe and Karoline Herfurth, BIGGIRLS DON'T CRY is a bold, compelling coming-of-age story.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars complex tale of morally adrift teens December 3, 2005
In most movies about teens - at least those made in America - we usually don't have to spend a great deal of time trying to figure out who are the "good" people and who are the "bad." The filmmakers are usually kind enough to do that for us. This is obviously not the case in Europe, however, for in the German film "Big Girls Don't Cry," the adolescents we meet are anything but morally and ethically clear-cut.

The two best friends, Steffi and Kati, seem like fairly typical middle class teens - somewhat mischievous, obsessed with boys, and faintly rebellious against the authority figures of the adult world. They also drink, party and experiment with drugs - nothing too radical for teens anywhere in the world today. However, one night Steffi inadvertently discovers that her father is having an affair. At this point, all hell breaks loose, as Steffi decides to take her anger and revenge out on the innocent daughter of her father's mistress, an aspiring singer named Tessa. Steffi sends Tessa to a potentially dangerous local pornographer, leading her to believe that he is actually a record producer searching for new talent. This single action leads to a series of cascading events that winds up, in some way or other, adversely affecting most of the people in Steffi`s life.

Steffi and Kati are both fully realized and complex characters who refuse to be pigeonholed at any given point in the movie. Steffi begins her crusade of vengeance convinced that she is acting strictly out of righteous anger, especially since, in her mind at least, her actions are as much a way of protecting her mother's honor as her own. And if innocent victims have to be sacrificed along the way, well, so be it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best films I've seen February 26, 2004
Reasons you should watch this film:
(1) Engaging & lively from start to finish
(2) Fantastic soundtrack with incredibly good yet little known techno & pop numbers (sung in English)
(3) Very true to life about the difficulties of dealing with teen sexuality, and growing up in an age of divorce
(4) Very beautiful German girls all around the film, from the leads to the bit part roles ;)
(5) A beautiful essay on the trials, tribulations but sheer beauty of True friendship.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Life April 14, 2004
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This movie is a wonderful movie. Many young adults are tired of seeing movies about teenage life that is sugar coated and always ends happy. This movie is not like that at all. It is about two best friends. One who wants to be treated as an adult and just wants to be herself but since she doesn't have parents who don't understand that kids will be kids (like many teenagers these days) she has to hide everything from them. This movie also tackles the very big issue of divorce and what it can do to a teenager. The other friend who once had a perfect life and liked it. So when her perfect life comes crashing down on her when her parents get a divorce she thinks that since that part of her life isn't perfect anymore she has to put an end to everything else that she thought was perfect in her life. Any teenager or youg adult should definatly watch this movie cause after it you will say "whoa that is my life"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flick February 9, 2004
The honesty of this film shines through the rest of the good story. The unanswered silences from the teen-age characters is so right on the money. The theme song about the Teen Battlefield is, unfortunately, true. I love the line--"everyone out there are perverts". For a teen girl these days, that is so true. The convoluted story makes sense, hangs together and is real. The beauty of the cast is great. The child-like innocence that the blonde looks like is at sharp odds with her developemnt, as is true with anyone at that age. The image of her and her sister praying is oh-so-perfect. A good film and well worth a watch.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Big Girls Don't Cry" October 29, 2004
I love German cinema and this is the best I've seen yet.

Two teenage girls named Kati & Steffi have been best friends since they were toddlers. Steffi apparently has a perfect life that Kati could only dream of.

One night, Steffi catches her dad having an affair with another woman and her whole life falls into a downward spiral. This movie touches real life situations about how teens and children alike endure their parents divorce. Throughout a divorce a child's life is tainted. Soon they lose interest in friends, their grades decline, etc. I would know for I too endured a divorce at the age of eleven.

However, this story is not entirely centralized on divorce but about friendship. Their (Kati & Steffi's) strong bond is put to the test against a whirlwind of problems.

This film is nothing short of superb acting and a moving storyline. Check out this powerhouse of a movie today!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Teen Issus for Parents to Discuss with Them June 27, 2006
It is very hard to pigeonhole this movie. In it there is lots of smoking, use of drugs, teen sex, and nudity, including fully shown bodies. At the same time it is an entertaining and even suspenseful move, and there are so many good issues to discuss with teens that it excels in that area for traditional values parents.

Kati and her family are shown praying three times, and from the pictures in the home one would conclude that she is Catholic. One issue for families to discuss with their teens is Steffi's anger at her father's infidelity, and especially her vengeance toward the woman's family. Kati begins to question her friendship with Steffi when she is willing to take her anger out on the woman's innocent daughter, Tessa. Parents might wish to discuss if that is at all fair. Another interesting quality to discuss is the fact that things don't always go as planned; in this case, what Steffi thought would be just a mean prank turned into a life and death situation. Parents might also wish to discuss Steffi's attempted suicide and how she might have been able to better handle the feelings that made her think it was an option. A few other issues include using someone's boyfriend, especially sexually, in anger against that person. Dating older guys is another issue parents can discuss and talk about how the girls were put into situations beyond their maturity.

There is a lot in this movie that traditional values families would object to, but there are so many issues to discuss with their kids I think the movie is well worth showing to mid to older teens if parents are willing to discuss the movie with them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good German Teen Film
This is a good coming of age German film.

Both teen actresses are surprisingly excellent -- the director (female) used unknowns. Read more
Published on February 13, 2010 by Willy D. Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars one of germany's finest films
there are several reasons why i loved this film so much. one is the fact that it is a rare find. in my country, we're not really into foreign films. Read more
Published on February 2, 2010 by karenina delta
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
More a teen flick. i liked but im 17 so yea. you always knew what was going to happen next
Published on August 15, 2008 by Stormy
5.0 out of 5 stars poignant teen angst movie
This teen angst film from Germany is brillant. It makes serious points without being preachy. People can never be wrapped up neatly and tied together with a pretty bow. Read more
Published on July 29, 2008 by Margaux Paschke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wowza!
I really enjoy this movie; probably because I myself am an angsty teenage girl.
Published on February 20, 2007 by Ciara Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Girl's Don't Cry
A German film (Grosse Madchen Weinen Nicht) made in 2002, with English subtitles, Big Girls Don't Cry is one of the best films ever made concerned with the topic of growing up... Read more
Published on May 29, 2006 by Trevor David Spiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Girls Don't Cry
This movie is outstanding! I was not expecting such an interesting, well acted, well directed and totally riveting story. Read more
Published on March 20, 2006 by sjp616
4.0 out of 5 stars grosse madchen wienen nicht
This movie comes off as a German take on every W.B. teen show,yet still mananges to be quite enjoyable and well directed. Read more
Published on September 6, 2005 by henry krinkle
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