Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hi, Mom! (1970)

Director: Brian De Palma

Writers: Brian De Palma, Charles Hirsch

Composer: Eric Kaz

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jennifer Salt, Gerrit Graham, Ruth Alda, Allen Garfield, Charles Durning, Paul Bartel

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The "right on" movie

Plot: A Vietnam vet moves into an apartment and views in other people's windows across the street, meets one of the women, and discovers black theater.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

At times this feels like a group of friends got together to have some fun shooting a picture.  It's got structure to a point.  Sometimes the movie stops just to have a comedy bit and then continues back up again and then there are the times where it stops to give some social commentary.  It's disjointed but interesting nonetheless because this is an early film of De Palma and De Niro.  Fans of either should check this out.  It's a one-time watch but it has some worth.  It's occasionally funny but not much.  It's more mildly amusing.  Charles Durning plays a slumlord showing De Niro a shitty apartment in the beginning of the film.  I found this the most enjoyable bit in the film, even if I wasn't aware of the local TV commercial it was parodying. The MGM DVD looks great in anamorphic widescreen and the only extra is the trailer (also anamorphic wide).

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