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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

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Art House & International, Drama

Maria von Heland

Sep 23, 2003

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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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 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Sleek, not-quite- trashy-enough melodrama.

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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[A] tiresome melange of teen depression, teen sex, teen crime, and teen friendship...

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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It felt as heavy as a German meal of dumplings and gravy.

October 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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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