My Own Private Idaho
River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in this haunting tale from Gus Van Sant, about two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike"s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott 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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- Gus Van Sant
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
RStrong sensuality, language and drug use
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.77:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
English SDHClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master AudioOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurette; trailer; deleted scenes; cast and crew interviews.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this arty and heartfelt film about street hustlers contains frequent references to and sometimes scenes of gay male prostitution, though genitals are never on screen (aside from a few brief shots of naked female breasts). The hustlers in the film use drugs (cocaine) and alcohol frequently, and they also steal and lie to each other. There is frequent cursing throughout ("f--k").
- Sexual Content
- Many scenes of prostitution where a sex act between two men is occurring just barely off screen -- sometimes the camera focuses on a face only. A few sex scenes -- a threesome between men and a heterosexual couple -- feature frozen scenes of naked bodies engaged in sex acts (though only female breasts and backsides are shown).
- Mike's father hits him several times in a drunken rage. Some mild pushing, fighting. The prostitution scenes verge on dangerous territory, though none are violent.
- Frequent cursing throughout, including "f--k."
- Social Behavior
- Rather than a film with a strong message, this is more a meditation on loneliness and abandonment. Each character is seeking love, attachment, and wholeness, which is an elusive goal for everyone.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Hustlers, including the main characters, smoke, drink, and use drugs frequently.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it