My Own Private Idaho
DIRECTOR: GUS VAN SANT
CAST: RIVER PHOENIX, KEANU REEVES, JAMES RUSSO
Van Sant’s follow-up to Drugstore Cowboy is another road movie on the skids. This time the footloose bums are a narcoleptic queer hustler, Mike (River Phoenix), and the slumming scion of a wealthy family, Scott (Keanu Reeves), who looks after Mike, and takes him on a quest for his mother… until the time comes to put aside childish things. A Pacific Northwestern retelling of Shakespeare’s Falstaff-Hal bromance, Idaho was just accessible enough to launch Van Sant into the big leagues, and lushly romantic enough to launch many a young viewer into self-discovery.