Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
A tasty comedy of bad manners.
A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discover a bizarre, if not murderous way to get funding for opening a restaurant.
When I was a kid, my father kept a small collection of VHS tapes tucked away in a bureau drawer and hidden from the rest of the family. The cassettes were worn and weathered, their clamshell cases festooned with “BE KIND, REWIND” stickers and the leftover residue of peeled-off labels; in other words, each videotape carried all the familiar hallmarks of a clearance sale purchase from our local Mom & Pop rental store. I have only faint and fuzzy memories of the movies my father kept secreted away in that bureau drawer: S.O.B., Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Screwballs… and Eating Raoul. I remember harboring a weird, borderline illicit fascination with that film’s handdrawn box art: the white-and-yellow checkerboard background; the…
Paul Bartel’s underrated comedy gem Eating Raoul is an unflinching, black as night satire about the sexual delirium, pecuniary obsession, and hedonistic Zeitgeist of 1980s America, appropriately set in the sweltering, decadent metropolis of Los Angeles, California. It’s relentless in its farcical portrayal of societal atrophy that I liken to a classic Tex Avery skit given a feature length runtime and filmed in live action, where all the men are Big Bad Wolves and all the women are Red Hot Riding Hoods. This is my first foray into Bartel’s scathing, gag-filled, politically incorrect works and I am pleased to say that it delivers the goods and the laughs in generous abundance.
Bartel teams with Mary Woronov of Chelsea Girls fame…
Why don't you go to bed, honey? I'll bag the Nazi and straighten up.
A black comedy that is as dark, smart and witty as it is cheap, sleazy and vulgar. Paul Bartel pulls off directing this ludicrous film making it memorable simply because it actually satires something in America's fascination and disgust with sexual liberation, 80s obsession with success and then tops it off with a few jabs at racism.
Bartel directs from a script he co-wrote with Richard Blackburn. It plays on Bartel's strengths as an actor and that is deadpan humor filled with one liners from beginning to end. More people would realize just how smart this film is if it wasn't so expertly disguised in filth. Unfortunately I've come to realize that I've only seen Robert Beltran in one other thing, and I kept having flashbacks to Star Trek: Voyager during the film. Chakotay was up to no good in his early years.
Well, that was...interesting. I'm all for a good black comedy, especially one that involves killing swingers for money and selling the bodies to a taco stand, but with Eating Raoul, I just could not get past the performances of the leads and most of the swinger cameos (although Robert Beltran as Raoul himself did a fine job). Unless the dialogue and wooden acting were meant to be intentionally campy (as some of the set-pieces and gags clearly implied), it was just grating to hear characters spout a line of exposition for the sole reason of bridging a cut ("Look, a wallet!" - cut to a close-up of the character picking up a wallet; or, saying "James" eight times in the…
Delightfully sexy and silly, this film is a bizarre delight. God, such an antidote to the bad horror blues, and I wouldn't've watched it if it hadn't been misclassified as horror. It's dark comedy and possibly satirical (or maybe just absurd). It really nails how absurdity can make villain-protagonists palatable. Of course, there's a contrast between our Bland murderers and their comrade/enemy Raoul, but no one in this film is anything but a bad person in some way. Still, there is something endearing about how the Blands sleep with stuffed animals/wine bottles, in separate beds, and to be honest, something sexy about Mary in general.
the lengths people will go to so they can start a restaurant.....
Weird, but surprisingly captivating.
Mountain Brook really is a horrible wine.
It's not that I think swingers are depraved. They just annoy me.
I did not expect to dislike this but the jokes just aren't very funny. it's also kinda boring visually. Good enough performances but I couldn't find much to enjoy.
Still in love with this wacky comedy, one of the sweetest and cleanest movies about very adult subject matter.
When you think it can't get worse, it does anyway. Paul Bartel & Mary Woronov want a restaurant & to cook. Raoul, the locksmith, makes their lives miserable by blackmailing them. Paul Bartel directed a great film. I was told that the acting is horrible. But if you like Rock n Roll High School, then this is fun & entertaining.
Susan Saiger, where have you been all my life?
The American Dream in all its cannibalistic glory. One of the best satires of 80's yuppie materialism/conservatism
Silly and sometimes fun comedy but too light overall and occasionally bordering on offensive to be fully enjoyed
recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…