Watch Eating Raoul
- 1 hr 30 min
Eating Raoul is a hilarious black comedy from 1982 that tells the story of a couple's bizarre journey to start their dream restaurant. Directed by and starring Paul Bartel with co-star Mary Woronov, the film is set in Los Angeles and follows the lives of Paul Bland (played by Bartel) and Mary Bland (Woronov), a young couple drowning in debt and desperate to start their dream restaurant. With the help of their neighbor Raoul Mendoza (Robert Beltran), they come up with a unique plan to make quick cash and finally open their restaurant. Raoul, a streetwise Mexican with exotic good looks and a love for fencing, lives next door to the couple in their rundown apartment building. With his tight T-shirts, constant come-ons, and boyish charm, he manages to charm the Blanks into letting him join their side-business of killing and stealing from swingers who use a hidden door in their apartment building. However, their business suddenly takes an unusual turn when they come across an obnoxious swinger who has more money than they had ever imagined. Sensing an opportunity, they plot to murder him and steal his cash. However, things soon get out of hand and the couple becomes embroiled in a series of increasingly bizarre situations that threaten to ruin their dream and even their lives. What follows is a hilarious and absurd encounter with a number of colorful characters as the couple tries to dispose of their victims and avoid the police. One of the most notable parts of the film is its strong and amusing portrayal of American cultural norms and stereotypes, in particular the Californian obsession with fitness, health and consumer culture. The cinematography is somewhat basic, but the eccentric characters, bizarre plot and subtle digs at society make Eating Raoul a truly entertaining watch. The film serves as a humorous critique of cultural norms and moral values, with subtle references to feminine power, capitalism, and the desire for material wealth. The lead characters provide an ideal balance between dry wit and deadpan humor as they bicker, argue and indulge in macabre situations, highlighting societal abnormality and questioning values. Their imperfections as people add a layer of humor to the film's sardonic commentary and provide an amusing insight into an antihero type of character. Overall, Eating Raoul is a classic, must-see cult film that is extremely fun to watch. The film's driving message is not to take life too seriously and to stop and have a laugh once in a while. It is a testament to the power of film to challenge conceptions of morality, while poking fun at capitalist society and American culture. With a fun cast, hilarious dialogue, and clever social commentary, Eating Raoul is an amazing example of black comedy done right.