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How to Make the Cruelest Month is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Kip Koenig and starring Clea DuVall.

How to Make the Cruelest Month
Directed byKip Koenig
Produced byAlison Dickey
Mark Lipson
Written byKip Koenig
StarringClea DuVall
Music byJeff Martin
CinematographyJulian Whatley
Edited byChris Figler
Release date
  • January 16, 1998 (1998-01-16) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States



Release and receptionEdit

How to Make the Cruelest Month premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival,[1] where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It won the Best of Fest prize at the 1998 Long Island Film Festival.

Writing for Variety, Emanuel Levy gave the film a mixed review. He praised the director's ideas and characters, as well as his sensitivity to the issues faced by young Americans. He drew comparisons between the film and Woody Allen's early films ("in spirit and ambition, if not in execution"). He enjoyed DuVall's performance, although said it was "occasionally too intensely mannered", and praised the rest of the cast. However, Levy also described the film as uneven, with a "messy structure and lack of discipline".[2]


  1. ^ "CMJ FilmFest: Thin On Docs, Big On Names", indieWIRE, SnagFilms, November 4, 1998, retrieved February 17, 2011
  2. ^ Levy, Emanuel (January 20, 1998), "How to Make the Cruelest Month", Variety, Reed Business Information, retrieved February 17, 2011

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