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Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even (1992)

PG | | Comedy | 8 May 1992 (USA)
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A girl fed up with her quirky, disfunctional family runs away from home, casusing all of them to spend time with eachother.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Seely ...
Trenton Teigen ...
Hillary Wolf ...
Laura Chartoff
Sean Blackman ...
Runaway Boy #1
Mr. Zordani
Cory Danziger ...
Melissa (as Leslie Engelberg)


Laura's parents divorced when she was eight. Now, at thirteen, she lives with her mother, her stepfather, two stepbrothers, a stepsister, and a half-brother. She used to visit her father, stepmother (third stepmother) and half-sister, but now *another* divorce is in the works, so Laura visits her father and his pregnant girlfriend -- who's only six years older than she is. Who should she feel loyalty to? And is it any wonder she wants to run away from home? Written by Susan C. Mitchell <susanm@indirect.com>

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8 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dall'oggi al domani  »

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According to Wikipedia, Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even was a disappointment at the box office, grossing a scant $271,327, and the film disappeared from theaters four weeks in 1991 before its release in 1992. See more »


On the DVD release, on the outside jacket's plot synopsis, the studio mistakenly uses the lead actress' real name - Hillary - to describe her in the fictional story line. Hillary Wolf's character's name was Laura. See more »


Josh: You can't run away from these people. In five years... they'll be your family. In ten years... they'll be your family.
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »


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Composed by Alfredo Catalani
Performed by Eva Marton with The Steinberg Orchestra
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the movie needs a relationship map
17 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Laura Chartoff is a teenager with body issues and dysfunctional families. She lives with her mother Melinda who is in her third marriage. Melinda is closer to her present husband Keith Power's pretty daughter Corinne. Keith also has Kurt who spent a year in military school and adult son Josh. Josh and Keith don't get along. Melinda and Keith have young genius son Sam. Laura's father David has three ex-wives, getting divorced to Barbara who is the mother of their young daughter Jessie, and living off of pregnant girlfriend Stephanie. He's an artistically blocked painter. Family dramas are inevitable. Laura runs away to live with her blacksheep stepbrother Josh.

This could be a functional teenage coming-of-age story. Hillary Wolf's big role is Macaulay Culkin's sister in Home Alone. She doesn't have it or the big screen charisma to lead a big cast. Expositions are sometimes a necessary evil and this is definitely one of those times. This movie needs a fun two minute animation of all of her parents' marriages and kids. It's simply too much work to write down the org chart while trying to get involved with the story. It would also allow Laura to stay at the center of the screen instead of going off with the other family members. It gets to a point where Laura doesn't seem to be the lead character. This simply has too much going on.

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