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Hi, Mom!

Hi, Mom! (1970)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1970 Wide

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Brian De Palma takes on late 1960s media culture in his followup to Greetings (1968). Seeking a place in New York life one way or another, Vietnam vet John Rubin (Robert De Niro) moves into a Greenwich Village dive, with hopes of becoming a director for porn king Joe Banner (Allen Garfield). Rubin sells Banner on his idea to make "Peep Art" by filming the racy action in the building windows across from his apartment. He plans to seduce talky window denizen Judy (Jennifer Salt) to get the film he

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Classics, Comedy

Brian DePalma, Charles Hirsch

Dec 7, 2004

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Now considered valued mostly as a relic.

May 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brian De Palma's joke, in its manifold aspects, roasts the counterculture's naďveté regarding cinema as "truth 24 frames per second"

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Sort of a sequel to De Palma's Greetings: De Niro plays a Vietnam vet who attempts to pursue a "Peeping Tom" art career with a new kind of porn film.

December 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Wasn't quite as controversial as its X-rated predecessor, Greetings (1968), but it still has a bite, even today.

February 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

comes across as one big joke

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The most Hitchcockian riff that De Palma ever examined is the capacity for the human psyche to harbor intense, complicated divergence.

June 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Hi, Mom!

A great document of its time, Hi, Mom! is a welcome follow up to Greetings. Greetings was experimental and touched on radical new ways of thinking but it wasn't perfect. Brian DePalma decided to extend and polish the experiment somewhat with Hi, Mom! and I for one am glad he did. Going with voyeurism and self-realisation as themes, DePalma and co produce some classic American cinema as well as interesting historical document. The 'Do you know what it is like to be Black' scenes are amazing. Radical but also funny as intended. A must for film buffs!
September 26, 2013
SirPant

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This movie is more of a documentary about radical New York film and theatre groups in 1970. It's really uneven and all over the place, and the end doesn't make any sense. Overall, it's interesting, but not a good movie.
December 16, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

My guess is it's a 'you'll get it or you won't' kind of movie. Personally I found it a pleasantly surprising quirky film and the title of course reveals itself toward the end.

Some quite controversial issues rise and as regards to storytelling, this is not such a straight forward film in the usual sense, in fact in many ways it's quite arty.
October 9, 2010
76Majikat

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Continuing the hilarious scenario fro Greetings, this is an even better film with a lot more direction and better acting. Robert De Niro continues to dominate the screen as Jon Rubin, the suave peeping tom/porn film-maker. His sense of humor and deranged sincerity is like no other actor. He tries to go professional after coming back from Vietnam, where he found himself at the end of the previous film. This has an extreme sense cultural relevance of the late 60s-early 70s, dealing with the hippie culture, the end of the civil rights movement, etc. Itâ??s just so full of life that you canâ??t help but admire Brian De Palma for shooting reality. While some might say itâ??s a black comedy, I feel that itâ??s just as much an accurate reflection of New York at the time.
March 30, 2010
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