She performed as a young teen in several movies including Summer Rental (1985) with co-star John Candy. Her big break came in the 1985 film The Goonies, in which she portrayed the role of cheerleader-turned-adventurer Andrea "Andy" Carmichael. She gained yet more critical acclaim for her performance in Lucas (1986). However, her next film Three for the Road (1987) alongside Charlie Sheen and Alan Ruck did not fare as well. She performed in an independent film called Blue Flame and appeared in several episodes of the television sitcom Mad About You as Paul's secretary. She then took a break from acting to study art at Vassar College.