Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Eating Raoul (1982)

Seen: On dvd on my tv, rented from netflix.

Paul (Paul Bartel) and Mary (Mary Woronov) Bland are just a regular, incredibly boring couple. She works as a hospital nutritionist and he sells wine at a liquor store, and together they dream of opening up their own restaurant. They find the perfect location but need to raise money quickly for a down-payment. After accidentally killing a swinger from a party down the hall, they realize they can get cash quickly by luring rich sex fiends to their apartment, killing them, and stealing their money. They form a partnership with professional thief Raoul (Robert Beltran), who takes care of the bodies, but soon a love triangle forms that threatens to complicate the Blands' plans for the future.

I'm not sure what I expected walking into Eating Raoul, maybe something a little more cannibal-y because of the title, but I was fairly entertained by what I saw! I loved Woronov and Bartel together as this super conservative, laughably out of touch couple with separate beds and a seething hatred for swingers. And very little guilt about all this murder. Woronov is the natural standout, harsh and uptight most of the time but then gradually relishing her sexual exploration as she loosens up around Raoul. I loved the Sex Mistress pretext that the Blands use, resulting in many wacky costumes and sex-crazed victims, and the general situation humor is pretty ridiculous. The story is loose and nothing makes much sense, but Bartel keeps everything moving along that you're never given much time to think about it, and soon you've had a super goofy 83 minutes.

With a proclivity for silly sight gags (the continued use of a frying pan as a murder weapon somehow doesn't get old) and satire so over the top it's boiling out of the pot, Eating Raoul is entertaining and memorable but I'll admit it's a little too low-key for me, somehow. I wanted more gore, I guess. It's mostly just light fun with a cool cast (including a small appearance from The Real Don Steele!!!) and lots of swingers. And dead people. And food jokes. And dead people food jokes sometimes.

4/5

Pair This Movie With: Maybe it was all the unlikely domestic murder, or the restaurant connection, but for whatever reason I was reminded of I Love You to Death, a strange little film with a surprising cast. I haven't seen it in a while though, I can't remember if it's actually good.

2 comments:

  1. Every time I watch Star Trek: Voyager, I wish that Robert Beltran was more like Raoul. It would've been a vast improvement!

    I love this movie so much. I had seen Mary Woronov before, but this was the movie that made me love her.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Rich: I think I first saw Mary Woronov in either NIGHT OF THE COMET or DEATH RACE 2000, and I love her dearly in both, and in everything else I've ever seen her in! I dug her a lot in EATING RAOUL espcially since it's one of the more prominent roles I've seen her do.

    ReplyDelete