Cruel But Necessary

Overview

When a vacation video reveals that her husband is having a secret affair, the family camcorder becomes a weapon of truth for a married suburban housewife. Betty (Wendel Meldrum) was poring over her family vacation video when she realized that a telephone conversation captured on the tape revealed her husband's infidelity. Later, as Betty makes the transformation from typical housewife to single mother, the camera becomes her constant companion. Videotaping everything from gynecological exams to blind dates, Betty...
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Overview

When a vacation video reveals that her husband is having a secret affair, the family camcorder becomes a weapon of truth for a married suburban housewife. Betty (Wendel Meldrum) was poring over her family vacation video when she realized that a telephone conversation captured on the tape revealed her husband's infidelity. Later, as Betty makes the transformation from typical housewife to single mother, the camera becomes her constant companion. Videotaping everything from gynecological exams to blind dates, Betty begins to realize the importance of editing her work as her archives become increasingly unruly. But while Betty's new obsession may seem strange to her family and friends, it doesn't take long to realize that there's no denying the truth when it's captured on camera.
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Special Features

Additional scenes; Two commentary tracks a commentary by Director Saul Rubinek and Producer Elinor Reid (Jerry and Tom) as well as a Commentary by Writer/Lead actor Wendel Meldrum; Cast and Crew Interviews; Web link to additional material
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • UPC: 880934124900
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Somerville House
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 101,298

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wendel Meldrum Betty Munson
Luke Humphrey Darwin Munson
Mark Humphrey Doug Munson
Julie Payne Pearl
Fred Goss Chad
James O'Connell Teddy
Technical Credits
Saul Rubinek Director, Executive Producer
Steve Ackerman Cinematographer
Chris Kern Editor, Executive Producer
Wendel Meldrum Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Lynne Moses Co-producer
Elinor Reid Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cruel But Necessary
1. Chapter 1 [6:10]
2. Chapter 2 [3:12]
3. Chapter 3 [1:50]
4. Chapter 4 [7:06]
5. Chapter 5 [7:09]
6. Chapter 6 [4:22]
7. Chapter 7 [3:35]
8. Chapter 8 [2:12]
9. Chapter 9 [:45]
10. Chapter 10 [1:51]
11. Chapter 11 [:00]
1. Hey, Laura [:56]
3. Dreaming Of Burka [:00]
5. Eat It/Dance It [1:03]
7. Buy My Sauce [:00]
9. Mom's Will [1:02]
11. Coca-Cola Dreams [:00]
13. Driving Donna [:54]
15. Female Philosopher? [:00]
17. Joint [5:42]
19. The Power [:00]
21. Gay Boys [1:09]
23. Textbook Cure [:00]
25. Why Nasty, Why Dirty [2:21]
27. Anxiety [:00]
29. Mustache [2:57]
31. Unlocked & Loaded [:00]
33. Letter To Doug [3:21]
35. Statues [:00]
37. Brain Love [3:28]
39. Afraid Of Thought [:00]
41. We're All Human Beings [:48]
43. I Spy Laura [:00]
45. 5th Brain [1:58]
47. Got A Job [:00]
49. Culture Jam [1:08]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Cruel But Necessary
   Play Movie
   Chapters
      Chapter 12
   Bonus Features
      Commentary by Saul Rubinek & Elinor Reid: On/Off
      Commentary by Wendel Meldrum: On/Off
      Interviews
      Cruel Bits
         Play All
      Audio Interview with the Producer
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