Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even
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|Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even|
|Directed by||Joan Micklin Silver|
|Produced by||Gerald T. Olson|
|Written by||Mark Goddard|
|Music by||Patrick Williams|
|Cinematography||Theo van de Sande|
|Edited by||Janice Hampton|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|May 8, 1992|
Laura Chartoff is a teenage girl in a large dysfunctional family. After her parent's divorce, her father, David, a rather flaky artist has now accumulated three more ex-wives, a four-year-old daughter Jessie(with fourth wife Barbara; one of the wives Laura actually liked), and is living with Stephanie – who is in advanced pregnancy with his twins. Laura's mother, Melinda, had her own two-day marriage and is now married to her third husband, Keith Power. Keith is a successful but rather selfish and even slightly emotionally abusive businessman and a widower with three kids of his own – resentful adult son Josh, self-obsessed teenaged daughter Corinne (who bonds with her similarly shallow step-mother), and teenaged son Kurt who seems to be Keith's favorite as he does whatever he tells him to do and as a result adopts a rather militaristic personality. With Melinda also picking an instant favorite with Corrine, this also leaves Melinda unintentionally shut out. Added to the mix of siblings and step-siblings is half-brother and ten year old genius Sam, the result of an unexpected pregnancy for Melinda and Keith.
Josh visits his mother's grave on the anniversary of her death, then confronts Keith for forgetting the date. Later, Laura gets in trouble with Keith for talking with Josh. Having felt incredibly hurt by her family, this prompts Laura to run away and quickly goes to Josh at his lake side cabin. And for a time, Laura's actually relaxed and happy spending time with someone who enjoys her company. Josh, however does attempt to reach out to one of Laura's family members; without her knowing. Keith deduces that Laura will be with Josh ("brats of a feather"). But when the family arrives at the cabin, Laura concludes that Josh betrayed her trust and runs away.
At the same time Barbara arrives with Jessie, as does Laura's father with Stephanie. Its during the search for Laura, is that all of the members of the family are forced to live under the same roof. Laura meets a host of colorful characters along the way including teen robbers and an all too happy family. Meanwhile, her family members each have their own experiences and realizations when its comes to themselves and their families. And as Laura is about to return, the police come with uncertain news and give her parents Laura's jacket.
The jacket has blood, though unknown to them, it is the blood of one of the robbers Laura punched. And its this small development that brings both her parents and stepparents that Laura could be hurt or worse. Laura arrives in time to see some of whats going on and gets surprised by Josh. She accuses him of betraying her to Melinda and Keith. But Josh reveals that he only called Barbara; knowing that Laura liked her. Josh helps her come to a conclusion you can't escape family. Laura returns to the cabin to embrace the "weirdness" of her extended family, who have all sorted out their own lives a little more during their shared search for Laura.
- Hillary Wolf as Laura Chartoff
- Griffin Dunne as David Chartoff
- Ben Savage as Sam Powers
- Adrienne Shelly as Stephanie
- Dan Futterman as Josh Powers
- Patricia Kalember as Barbara Chartoff
- Jenny Lewis as Corinne Powers
- Margaret Whitton as Melinda Chartoff Powers
- David Strathairn as Keith Powers
- Trenton Teigen as Kurt Powers
- Jessica Seely as Jessie Chartoff
The movie was filmed using permits to access locations in California's east central Mammoth Ranger District in the Inyo National Forest, as well as locations in the (former) Arroyo Seco Ranger District of the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles.