Hi, Mom!

1970

Hi, Mom!

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73%

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Total Count: 11

56%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 3,058
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Movie Info

Writer/director Brian DePalma's sequel to his 1968 counter-culture comedy "Greetings" is an even wilder attack on the insanity of bourgeois life in modern America. Although the film focuses on an amateur pornographer who tries to turn professional, the highlight is an extended sequence of a white-liberal audience being thoroughly humiliated and abused by the African-American cast of the avant-garde play "Be Black, Baby!"--which is being broadcast on the "NIT" ("National Intellectual Television") network!

Cast

Robert De Niro
as Jon Rubin
Charles Durnham
as Superintendent
Jennifer Salt
as Judy Bishop
Allen Garfield
as Joe Banner
Lara Parker
as Jeannie Mitchell
Charles Durning
as Superintendent
Abraham Goren
as Pervert in Theater
Gerrit Graham
as Gerrit Wood
Nelson Peltz
as Playboy
Peter Maloney
as Pharmacist
William Daley
as Co-op Neighbor
Hector Valentin Lino Jr.
as N.I.T. Journal Revolutionary
Carole Leverett
as N.I.T. Journal Revolutionary
Ruth Bocour
as N.I.T. Journal at Newsstand
Buddy Butler
as "Be Black, Baby" Troupe
Bart DePalma
as N.I.T. Journal at Newsstand
Arthur Bierman
as N.I.T. Journal at Newsstand
Joe Fields
as Audience Member
Gene Elman
as Audience Member
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Critic Reviews for Hi, Mom!

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Audience Reviews for Hi, Mom!

  • Jan 17, 2013
    "Hi, Mom!" starts with a building superintendent(Charles Durning) bending over backwards, literally not figuratively, to rent a lovely slum apartment to Jon Rubin(Robert De Niro) who accepts it in order to film the occupants of the apartment building across the way. Instead of going straight to the Museum of Modern Art with his footage, he goes to the first smut peddler(Allen Garfield) he comes across who seeing the pornographic possibilities decides to bankroll him despite the dubious legality, ethics and morality of the enterprise. While filming, Jon takes special notice of Judy Bishop(Jennifer Salt), always lonely, and decides to seduce her. Like most of Brian De Palma's more recent films, "Hi, Mom!" wears the influence of other films on its sleeve, in this case the French New Wave(as do other films in the current 'New Yawk, New Wave' festival currently showing at the Film Forum, as other people have pointed out). But at least here, he takes the jump cuts and puts them to alternately hilarious and disturbing uses while telling an original story to deftly show how technology separates us, not brings us together, made still relevant today by the advent of the infernal cell phone while giving glimpses of a bygone New York City. For a while, this may feel like little more than elaborately devised skits but it all comes together toward the end in an increasingly provocative narrative.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2010
    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. It’s just so full of life that you can’t help but admire Brian De Palma for shooting reality. While some might say it’s a black comedy, I feel that it’s just as much an accurate reflection of New York at the time.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2008
    "Greetings" was good but the sequel "Hi, Mom!" is astonishing, easily the best of Brian De Palma's early comedies and still one of the greatest films he has made. It's overflowing with terrific ideas and is brilliantly shot and edited, retaining a vitality and an awesome power in spite of its often dated subject-matter. Robert De Niro reprises his role of Jon Rubin, a voyeuristic Vietnam vet who sets out to make a porno movie by surreptitiously filming the residents of a neighbouring apartment block, then joins an experimental theatre group and, finally, becomes an urban terrorist. The first part of the movie, with Allen Garfield reprising his role of a smut peddler from "Greetings", is hilarious, and one is completely unprepared for the shattering shift in tone which follows with the "Be Black, Baby" segment, in which a group of whites in blackface are terrorized by blacks in whiteface to help them understand the 'black experience' of living in America. This harrowing sequence alone would make "Hi, Mom!" a five-star film; everything else is just a bonus.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer

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