A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discover a bizarre, if not murderous way to get funding for opening a restaurant.
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…
the lengths people will go to so they can start a restaurant.....
Movie #28 of The June Challenge
Paul Bartel has been something of a revelation for me in this challenge, having bit roles in Cannonball, Escape from LA, and European Vacation. I mentioned him to a friend of mine on twitter today and he recommended Eating Raoul, a project that Bartel wrote, directed, and starred in.
This is a fantastic little dark (really dark) comedy that centers around a normal couple (The Blands) that go to extraordinary lengths to save up for a restaurant. I don't want to go much more into it than that, but it takes a turn for the "wow, did that just happen?" pretty early on and keeps going at full speed for the rest of its short run time. I look forward to seeing Paul in a few more movies before June is over.
One of my favorite clever, low-budget black comedies.
The wonderful duo of cult film actor/director Paul Bartel and sexy/freaky former-Andy Warhol Factory Girl Mary Woronov star as Paul and Mary Bland, a proper, milquetoast married couple appalled at the sexual exhibitionism of their seedy L.A. neighborhood, and particularly the swinger parties going on in their building.
After accidentally murdering a stray "swinger" and then discovering wads of cash in his pocket, they concoct a plan to lure sexual deviants to their apartment in order to kill and rob them. The satire is very funny; it's a not-so-subtle tear at uptight "moral" people who feel they're doing the right thing by ridding the world of "rich perverts" while blind to their…
Bartel's love of cartoons come across loud and clear and makes for a childishly Adult comedy. RAOUL is pretty adept at being both in the 80's and OF the 80's with it's keen awareness on the 80's brand of fiscally loose yet morally bankrupt population all of whom are trying to pursue the American dream either through entrepreneurship or the maximization of freedoms. I can't tell if the crooked eye cast on classism was intentional or incidental; if this wasn't so obviously a comedy we'd have needed Jimmy Stuart to come in à la ROPE and explain why what they were doing was evil.
Silly con carne.
Simple, campy satire of Los Angeles' sexual culture that isn't afraid to pull off a Nazi or cannibalism joke more than once in a while.
Brilliant dark twisted comedy. Really enjoyed it.
A sexually repressed/very prudish married couple trying to buy a restaurant start killing off sex perverts/swingers in order to get the money to do so. This was a wonderfully sick, twisted, really goofy black comedy which, on paper, could have gone woefully wrong in a lot of ways but co-writer-director-star Paul Bartel manage to maintain the right level of goofiness and heightened reality enough to make the audience go along for the ride. It's the type of comedy which will make you think, "This is so wrong" while laughing at the same time.
A black comedy that makes for a totally fun watch, and probably one of the best of its kind, the joke that Paul Bartel pulls off on Hollywood is hilarious. A story about Mr and Mrs Bland, with the couple putting in fantastic performances, who find a bizarre way of funding their restaurant. The jokes, though most of them in your face, are products of well thought satire that mocks Hollywood like a dream (:P). It is not a pretentious criticism though, and that is what I liked about the film, through loud, black humor it perfectly captures the Hollywood culture and its fallacies. The only thing left is to get some Thai Stick now. ;)
It has been ages since I saw Paul Bartel's cult black comedy EATING RAOUL, so I was happy to see that it still made me laugh a lot. Nothing and nobody is spared in this one, especially when it targets silly things like consumerisms and capitalism.
If you can look past the campy acting style and low rent production values, this is a lot of fun. But "Parents" did this so much better.
'80's b-movie about a husband and wife who come up with a killer plan to raise the money they need to open a restaurant.
It's awfully hilarious, awfully ridiculous, and just plan awful… all the makings of perfect cheese.
Good: Not sure. See overall
Bad: A lot of scenes dragged on especially in the beginning.
Overall: I'm not sure what I thought about this film. The first half of the movie was really boring but the second half gained momentum. It's branded as a comedy about sexual perversion and swingers back in early 80's Hollywood, but I didn't really laugh to any of the scenes (except for when the Mrs Bland was dressed as Minnie Mouse and Doris the Dominatrix dressed as various characters to scare off Raoul) I found myself actually cringing to most of the scenes especially the banker and swingers. Some reviewer described it as a "joke that takes too long to reach the punchline" and…