Eating Raoul Review

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A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discover a bizarre, if not murderous way to get funding for opening a restaurant


A delicious black comedy with Bartel and Woronov as Paul and Mary Bland, a snobbish and celibate couple who save up for the down-payment on their dream restaurant by luring swingers back to their 50s decor pad with the promise of kinky sex then murdering them for their money. Their scheme, conducted with a sweet distaste for all things icky, is disrupted by petty thief Raoul (Beltran), who cuts himself in on the profits and persuades Mary to sample the joys of physicality. As committed to the perverse as anything by John Waters, this works because of Bartel’s almost prissy delicacy as both an actor and director. Full of laugh-out-loud sick gags and charmingly acted by all.

It shouldn't work, but it does.