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Cruel But Necessary is the story of Betty Munson's strange journey of self-discovery and soul-awakening... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cruel But Necessary (review)
 (From FlickFilosopher. 4 December 2008, 7:20 PM, PST)

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  (in credits order)

Wendel Meldrum ... Betty Munson

Mark Humphrey ... Doug Munson
Luke Humphrey ... Darwin Munson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Albrecht ... Betty's Assistant

Eddie Allen ... Alan
Esther M. Appel ... Gramma
Ian Axness ... Paul

Jack Bryant ... Umpire

Jacob DeMonte-Finn ... Danny

Sabine Ehrenfeld ... Laura

Fred Goss ... Chad

Sam McMurray ... Apartment Manager
James O'Connel ... Teddy
Julie Payne ... Pearl

Anya Profumo ... Alan's Assistant (as Anya Scemama)
Rino Romano ... Wayne
Ken Rothwell ... Groom
Tiffany Sazzmann ... Bride

Deborah Theaker ... Nurse
Regina Welch ... Donna

Lisa Zane ... Gynecologist

Directed by
Saul Rubinek 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wendel Meldrum 

Produced by
Chris Kern .... executive producer
Lynne Moses .... co-producer (as Lynne Moses)
Elinor Reid .... producer
Cinematography by
Steve Ackerman 
Film Editing by
Chris Kern 
Casting by
Francene Selkirk 
Sound Department
Paul Hurtubise .... additional sound designer
Wouter van Herwerden .... sound re-recording mixer
Other crew
Marcello Benedetto .... legal counsel
Domenic Romano .... legal counsel

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92 min
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Wendel Meldrum's ex-husband and son, Mark Humphrey and Luke Humphrey, actually play her character's ex-husband and son in the movie. Portions of the movie were filmed in Meldrum's southern California home.See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Enormous impact , humor and beauty, 8 June 2005
Author: ( from seattle

They say it is the tough times that define us. Today the breakup of a family is something that has touched almost all of us in one way or another. 'Cruel But Necessary' shows how one woman dealt with the disintegration of her marriage and her comfortable suburban life. The marriage breaks up as a result of an inadvertent family video and Betty the protagonist takes this instrument that showed her the cruel truth of her collapsing marriage and embraces it as a way of dealing with the pain.

Although this plot line sounds dark the movie is very funny. The true art of this movie and the reason you will feel such impact is that is never pulls any punches but you are laughing the whole time. The trajectory of Betty's life seems to be going steadily down. The incidents are genuine and you are irresistibly drawn into the crazy but courageous main character.

The lead is played by Wendel Meldrum who also wrote the screenplay. Her presence in the film is magnificent. It's not just her beauty and grace but also the range of her characterization. Clearly the director Saul Rubinek knew how to 'light' her to give us the feeling of what she was going through.

If your life has been really quite nice so far you might not 'get' this movie but if you've seen your share of rough spots this movie will be good for your soul.

The reason so many of us love the cinema is because every once in a while we get to see a movie like 'Cruel But Necessary'.

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