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Big Girls Don't Cry (2002)




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Maria von Heland makes her feature-length directorial debut with the teen drama Grosse Mädchen Weinen Nicht (Big Girls Don't Cry). Set in Berlin, where traditional and poor Kati (Anna Maria Muhe) is best friends with liberal and wealthy Steffi (Karoline Herfurth). When they spot Steffi's father, Hans (Stefan Kurt), kissing another woman (Teresa Harder), the two girls plan a scheme of revenge. They make friends with the other woman's daughter, Tessa (Josefine Domes), only to set her up in a dangerous situation with a pornographer (Dieter Laser). As Steffi begins to experiment with drugs and sex, her friendship with Kati becomes increasingly strained.


Dieter Laser
as Herr Winter
Teresa Harder
as Jeanette
Ingo Hasselbach
as Bartender
Beata Lehmann
as Police Officer
Falk Rockstroh
as Lehrer Amtmann
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Critic Reviews for Big Girls Don't Cry

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A refreshing reminder that learning how to navigate danger is a big part of being a teenager, and that no kind of upbringing -- or nifty home furnishings -- can or should shield a young adult from life outside her doors.

September 2, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Sleek, not-quite- trashy-enough melodrama.

September 2, 2004 | Full Review…

[A] tiresome melange of teen depression, teen sex, teen crime, and teen friendship...

August 8, 2004 | Full Review…

It felt as heavy as a German meal of dumplings and gravy.

October 2, 2003 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Girls Don't Cry


Now this is adolescence! This German film is a real gem! Deeply emotional, it is the gripping story of the coming-of-age of two best friends who come to face reality. The story is captivating and leads to a brilliant ending; cliché yet enjoyable. The actors, whom I thought would be horrible, ended up being top-notch. I am pretty sure most of you are familiar with Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Both Sisterhood and Big Girls Don't Cry feature adolescent girls (best friends at that) dealing with life in general. Briefly, coming-of-age. But Sisterhood is a joke compared to this. I mean come on, teen girls don't all have perfect lives and go crazy over the slightest dramatic event. Some teen girls do take drugs. They do go to rave parties. They do have sex. They do have dark thoughts. Where Sisterhood features the bubblegum soda pop side of adolescence, Big Girls Don't Cry is the REAL DEAL. This could also be compared to Thirteen; however I personally prefer this over Thirteen because the latter is excessively intense to the point of making the viewer uncomfortable and nauseous. Over-dramatic if you ask me. Watch this instead!

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