Eating Raoul

Synopsis: A Tasty Comedy Of Bad Manners.

Eating Raoul is the rip-roaringly funny and outrageous cult classic from writer-director Paul Bartel (Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills), starring comedy icons Bartel and Mary Woronov (Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School) and Robert Beltran (TV’s “Star Trek: Voyager”).

Lack of money keeps mild-mannered couple Paul and Mary Bland from their dream of running an upscale restaurant in the country. When an amorous neighbor accosts Mary, Paul defends her honor by clocking the pervy perp with a skillet. Sensing a golden opportunity, Paul and Mary come up with a kinky plan to advertise themselves as an S&M duo, and then kill (and rob) whomever shows up for their services. Now uptight Paul and Mary are earning cold cash and ridding the world of sleazy “swingers” at the same time! When sexy thief Raoul stumbles onto the Bland’s profitable operation, he wants a piece of the action, but he also wants Mary! Will Mary fall for Raoul’s seductive charms, or will Raoul be the next body in a bag?

Eating Raoul 7.5

A quirky little cult classic from the early ’80s, ‘Eating Raoul’ tells the tale of an uptight couple whose life crumbles when financial constraints suddenly tighten the noose around their necks.

In a last grasp at survival, they devise a scheme to make a quick fortune: they put up an ad in the newspaper offering the services of the wife as a dominatrix, in the process luring men to their doom and stealing their money. Their secret is eventually found out and the couple must deal with a new dynamic in their relationship.

The film is very low-budget, pretty dated, and the performances are amateurish – hence the lower rating. Nonetheless, this twisted fun is hard to forget and it has quite a few enjoyable moments. It’s worth seeing.

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