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Hi, Mom!1970

Hi, Mom! (1970)




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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!


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!

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

De Palma offers a self-conscious time capsule of downtown sights and moods, especially in his rambunctious, hilarious, yet nonetheless disturbing parodies of public television.

May 30, 2016 | Full Review…

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

June 11, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Hi, Mom! suffers from an almost painfully meandering and off-the-wall vibe that grows more and more infuriating as time slowly progresses.

May 3, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Now considered valued mostly as a relic.

May 31, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

February 12, 2010 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hi, Mom!


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
Aj V

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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 Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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