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"A tasty comedy of bad manners."

Eating Raoul is the 1982 black comedy about a Hollywood couple who devise a murderous plot to secure money to open their own restaurant. The film was written and directed by Paul Bartel. Paul Bland (Paul Bartel) and Mary Bland (Mary Woronov) are a very conservative couple who dream of one day opening a restaurant. Paul has a tedious job in a wine shop and Mary is a nurse. After Paul gets fired, they see their dreams quickly going down the tubes. One day a swinger who lives in their apartment building accidentally stumbles into Paul and Mary's living room.

Mary thwarts the drunken man's attack by hitting him in the head with a large skillet. After relieving him of his money and hiding the body, the duo get the clever idea of killing and robbing the morally bankrupt people who hang out in their building.

After locksmith and petty thief Raoul (Robert Beltran) stumbles across a corpse in their home one night, he blackmails them into letting him in on the deal. Paul and Mary agree, and Raoul sells the victims' cars and their corpses to a dog food company.

After Raoul rescues Mary from a would be rapist, they begin a sexual relationship. Paul finds about the relationship and embarks on a number of schemes to get Raoul out of the way once and for all. Raoul is in love with Mary and convinced that she will leave Paul for him. Raoul breaks into the couple's apartment and informs Paul that he and Mary are going to run away together.

Raoul leads Paul into the kitchen with the intention of murdering him. Mary instead hits Raoul over the head with the skillet, killing him. Pressed for time and unable to get to the grocery store, Paul and Mary serve Raoul to the real estate agent. The movie ends with them opening their own restaurant.

R
| 1982 | 1 hr 30 min | 6.8/10
Cast
Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, Susan Saiger
Studio
Criterion Collection
Director
Paul Bartel
Language
English
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