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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.....
Wonderfully demented black comedy about a straight-edge couple who devise a plot to raise money for their dream restaurant by killing the swingers who torment them. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Dark and smart comedy that uses the efforts of a boring LA couple to get enough money together to start a restaurant to poke fun at capitalism, introverted and extroverted sexuality, and the general decadence of Hollywood.
Also, as someone who watched a lot of Star Trek: Voyager as a kid, it was fun seeing Robert Beltran in a bigger, crazier role than I was used to seeing from him.
When it was funny, it was hilarious. It treads the line on if the movie is purposefully being terrible or not.
However, I couldn't get over the many scenes of exploitative attempted sexual assault that seemed to have no deeper meaning besides "tits."
As one who usually watches Criterion or Criterionesque fare, this Criterion selection was a much-needed and refreshing change of pace. Its brief descriptions are slightly misleading. I didn't find it particularly black for a "black comedy," nor is it particularly vulgar, as I was expecting. Instead, I saw it as more of a cute comedy, and one that I enjoyed.
Another thing I'm not used to is campiness. My immediate reaction to it was to turn the thing off, but I'm glad I stuck around. The campy way in which the three leads and many of the minor actors deliver their lines works brilliantly here.
I didn't know how badly I needed a RUDE satire, one that shoves people out of the way with pulpy dialogue and caricatures.
I expect this sort of trash from Troma, not Criterion.
PAUL : Mary, I just killed a man.
MARY : He was a man. Now he's just a bag of garbage.
Hilariously satirical, Eating Raoul is one of the funniest films I have seen in a long time. As dark, satirical and poignant as it is sexy, delusional and cheesy, the film follows a boring, 'prudish' couple who resort to killing and robbing swingers to buy a restaurant in the far lands of Valencia.
Directed by Paul Bartel of Death Race 2000 and starring Mary Woronov of Chelsea Girls, they team up to play a quirky couple named only Paul and Mary. As they begin to work through the odd swinger, they choose to set up a lock system resulting…
One of the funniest movies I've ever seen. If you are fortunate enough to view a pretty poor transfer, the graininess only adds to the aesthetic and humor.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I was lucky to catch Paul Bartel's Eating Raoul during a TV broadcast when I was fairly young, and I've had strong feelings for it ever since. Bartel and fellow Corman survivor Mary Woronov play Paul and Mary Bland, who abhor sex so much they sleep in separate beds, and whose dreams of opening an upscale restaurant seem unattainable in their poor financial state. When Paul accidentally kills a swinger who accosts Mary, they discover the dude's loaded, and embark on a mission to clean up all the deviants in Los Angeles while lining their own coffers. They involve the titular con man (Robert Beltran), who unloads the corpses at a pet food company, which, despite what The Corpse Grinders…
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