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

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search
Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even
Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Joan Micklin Silver
Produced by Gerald T. Olson
Written by Mark Goddard
Starring Hillary Wolf
Griffin Dunne
Patricia Kalember
Ben Savage
Adrienne Shelly
Dan Futterman
Margaret Whitton
David Strathairn
Music by Patrick Williams
Cinematography Theo van de Sande
Edited by Janice Hampton
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
May 8, 1992 (1992-05-08)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1 million
Box office $271,327

Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even (titled Stepkids in early promotional trailers and in Australia) is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Joan Micklin Silver.


Laura Chartoff is a teenage girl in a large dysfunctional family. After her parent's divorce, her father, David, has now accumulated three more ex-wives, a four-year-old daughter (with fourth wife Barbara), 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 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. Added to the mix of siblings and step-siblings is halfbrother 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 and Barbara and runs away to live with her older stepbrother at his lake side cabin as (step)siblings with a mutual frustration against Keith and Melinda.

Keith deduces that Laura will be with Josh ("brats of a feather"), but when the family arrives at the cabin, she runs away on her own thinking Josh ratted her out. Laura meets a host of colorful characters along the way including teen robbers and an all too happy family. Her entire family stays, crowded into Josh's and a second rental cabin, to search for her, having their own adventures and realizations over the next two days. After realizing she can't escape her 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.



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.

Much of the lake side action takes place at Lake Mamie in Mammoth Lakes, California, with Mammoth Crest, Crystal Crag and Lake Mary Road visible in many scenes.[2]


  1. ^ "Trenton Teigen". Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Crystal Crag Photos on Web". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 

External links[edit]