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3.8
4,829 Ratings

My Own Private Idaho

Directed by Gus Van Sant
United States, 1991
Drama, Comedy, LGBT+

Synopsis

Two young hustlers, Mike and Scott, navigate a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns. They go on a quest along the grungy streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home.

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My Own Private Idaho Directed by Gus Van Sant
I didn’t know what it was that I had just seen; it didn’t make much sense. It felt like a spell, opening with the light falling on a definition in a dictionary, the film that followed was about that moment when one slips out of language, unwillingly.
January 08, 2019
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A dense and personal film with an engulfing sadness. . . . My Own Private Idaho stands as Van Sant’s first artistic peak, a perfect synthesis of formal inventiveness and narrative generosity.
June 27, 2018
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At least once a year I find myself revisiting My Own Private Idaho, Gus Van Sant’s narcoleptic rent boy road movie. I’m an avid River Phoenix fan, yes (I have devoured anything and everything related to the broody actor since my teens, an obsession that amuses and confuses my friends and family), but it’s the beautiful humanism of Idaho that stays with me.
December 28, 2016
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