Eating Raoul (1982)

Eating Raoul (1982), directed by Paul Bartel.


"Just remember to get the money up front. And whatever they want to do, stop if it draws blood". -- Doris the Dominatrix.

Paul and Mary Bland have a happily sexless marriage, sharing a love of wine and dreams of their own restaurant: "Paul & Mary's Country Kitchen". Their bane is an infestation of degenerate swingers who have invaded their apartment building. After inadvertently killing a couple of men who were trying to mess with Mary they hit upon a plan of advertising for sexual services, then killing and robbing their customers.

Enter Raoul, locksmith by day, burglar by night. He offers them body disposal services and new opportunities for Mary.

I remember this being outrageously campy; it's still funny but the humor seems very blunt, like John Waters crossed with Mel Brooks. The acting is supposed to be obviously bad, which lets director Bartel star in his own film.

There must be a name for the anti-sex sex comedy genre but I don't know what it is.

Both Mary Woronov and assorted swingers provide light nudity. Introducing Robert Beltran.

Available on Blu-ray from Criterion.