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Big Girls Don't Cry ...They Get Even

4.7 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Family problems have never been this hilarious! What's a teenage girl to do with a crazy new stepfamily, except escape? That's exactly what Hillary Wolf (Home Alone) does. And it brings all her moms, dads, and step-siblings out in force to find her.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Griffin Dunne, Dan Futterman, Adrienne Shelly, David Strathairn, Hillary Wolf
  • Directors: Joan Micklin Silver
  • Writers: Frank Mugavero, Melissa Goddard, Mark Goddard
  • Producers: Gerald T. Olson, Peter Morgan
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GXF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Girls Don't Cry ...They Get Even" on IMDb

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It's a shame that Hillary Wolf gave up acting for Judo because she is such a spectacular actress, but Hollywood can be rough and I can't help but understand.
This movie hit's close to home for those with or without a step family. You can relate to Laura Chartoff (Hillary) on some level in any part of the movie. Whether it's after her step sister Corrine (Jenny Lewis) states that she is "So drab" and she looks in the mirror and says "My body just hangs there like a boy, not even a good-looking boy. I wouldn't go out with a boy that looked like me that's the sad thing." or the way her step father Keith (David Strathairn) blames her for everything that goes wrong. There is also her father (The great actor and director Griffin Dunne) who has been married more times then he can soberly remember, his last wife (Patricia Kalember from "Sisters") left him with his three year old daughter Jessie (Jessica Seely) because he had an affair where the girl(Adrienne Shelley) became pregnant with twins or her mother (Margaret Whitton) who now treats Corrine like her real daughter in effect neglecting her REAL daughter in the process. Laura also has a half brother brainiac Sam (Ben Savage way before "Boy Meets World")
After being blamed for her stepbrothers breaking of her mothers China Laura runs away with her other stepbrother, whom she thinks of as her real brother and who has left the family he despises, Josh (Dan Futterman)to the mountains the day before the rest of the family is scheduled to go to Hawaii. This causes the entire family, stepmothers brothers and all to come together in the mountains to search for the run away who eventually runs away from Josh after he called her mother and stepfather on her.
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In this engaging serio-comedy, an intelligent-looking Hillary Wolf plays 13-year-old Laura Chartoff, the frustrated daughter of two self-absorbed much-married parents (Griffin Dunne and Margaret Whitton) who currently resides with her mother, stepfather(David Straithairn), and half-siblings,the military school student, Kurt, child prodigy Sam, and the overindulged beauty queen, Corrine (Trenton Tigen, Ben Savage, and Jenny Lewis) in a Beverly Hills mansion.
The story begins with Laura introducing her family situation via home video and narration of the events depicted in the video, and then deals with Laura's daily home situation, in which she laments the loss of her father's companionship. Currently, her artist father lives with his spacey girlfriend(Adrienne Shelley)who is pregnant with his twins, after being kicked out of the house for his affair by his schoolteacher wife, Barbara (Patrica Kalember) with whom he has a beautiful redhaired three-year-old(Jessica Seeley) who, like Laura, has also learned not to rely on him.
While Laura's mother and stepfather are out one evening, she gets a welcome respite from her lonely situation by the return of her estranged stepbrother Josh (Dan Futterman), with whom she'd had a good relationship. A series of incidents resulting from Josh's return leads to the breakage of Mrs. Powers' good china, and Laura's being blamed for it.
Hurt and sent over the edge, Laura decides to run off with Josh, who finds her in the back of his pick-up truck the next day.
The action then moves to the beautiful Yosemite Valley where Josh works at a camp resort.
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I choose this rating because the movie is good. What I like about the movie is that Hillary, a teenage girl with a crazy new stepfamily, decides to escape domestic madness and run away from home! Her moms, dads, and stepsiblings join forces to find her. While Hillary is busy having the adventure of her life, her family is busy learning to get along. What I dislike about the movie is that I wanted to see more of it. I would recommend this movie to other people.
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I had this movie on VHS years ago and it was always one of my perennial lounge day favorites. No the acting isn't the best but it is entertaining and fun to watch. I think we've all had those times that our families drive us insane and we wondered what would it be like if I just left and ran away! It may have been a fleeting thought... but most people think it. And here is the perfect example of what happens... her crazy dysfunctional family rallies together and it all works out in the end. So glad that I stumbled across this dvd version so I can finally watch it again!
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For a while I could relate to this girl's problems and things eventually got better, but I realized how real the movie is. I know exactly how she feels! It's very funny and hard to remember all the characters, which I guess was the objective! The plot is interesting, the acting is good, the script is solid and funny, and nothing lacks around character development. Don't miss "Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even!"
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I used to love this movie when I was a young teen! Glad I found it on DVD. Fun and witty, but has some swearing in it so it may not be suitable for your child. It's a good "runaway" faze movie for your teen to watch, and maybe learn that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
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