IMDb > Cruel But Necessary (2005)

Cruel But Necessary (2005) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
7.3/10   66 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 27% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Cruel But Necessary on IMDbPro.
Cruel But Necessary is the story of Betty Munson's strange journey of self-discovery and soul-awakening... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win See more »
Cruel But Necessary (review)
 (From FlickFilosopher. 4 December 2008, 7:20 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Interesting, but what's the point? See more (4 total) »


  (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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

92 min
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Actor/Director Saul Rubinek plays the piano score for this film.See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, but what's the point?, 8 June 2005
Author: shizz_27 from United States

The third theatrical film directed by character-actor Saul Rubinek (did he flat-out own TRUE ROMANCE, or what) is a curious thing. Witty, and oddly fascinating, but at the end of the day just too damn esoteric for my taste.

The title refers to a video diary project of sorts that Betty (Wendel Meldrum) puts together to capture private confessions, or as a performance piece, or manipulation technique, or – hell, I couldn't figure it out. She hides her camera everywhere, takes it with her to the gynecologist, to work, on blind dates. Tapes herself talking about Buddhism and how "the inside of the mouth is the same kind of skin as inside the vagina".

Does she really want to know all the stuff she gets about other people, and if so, why? Will she be using the material in some evidentiary way? Is it simply to call attention to the way some people say one thing and turn around and do another, then try and justify it? Or, does Betty just need someone or thing to talk and share her innermost thoughts with, so the digital recorder acts as a therapist? The film never comes clean.

There's a scene at the end where Betty plays her tape to a roomful of people who've unwittingly acted as supporting cast members, and aside from using the word "unconscionable", they mostly remain speechless. At first, CRUEL BUT NECESSARY is funny and intriguing, but by that last scene, you gotta throw your hands up. It's well-acted and written, with Meldrum, our Betty, giving a spot-on, terrific performance. But d*mned if I know what the point was.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (4 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Cruel But Necessary (2005)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Howling Enemy of the State Caché American Beauty The Conversation
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.