For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
4,712 Ratings

My Own Private Idaho

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


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.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
My Own Private Idaho Directed by Gus Van Sant
Van Sant has reanimated the tired tropes of the road movie by giving them a wholly new meaning – the road as Whitmanesque/Twainesque ribbon leading to a never-perhaps-attainably unity with the author of being… Portland cinematographers Eric Alan Edwards and John Campbell have risen to Van Sant’s concept with images luminous and numinous; the very clouds and sky and land seem to glow from within.
September 01, 1991
Read full article
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
Read full article
[Van Sant] mingles tremendous visual imagination with a leaning toward off-the-wall situations and sometimes raunchy images. The picture includes everything from talking magazine covers to scenes borrowed from Shakespeare, and some devices work much better than others.
October 01, 1991
Read full article

What are people saying?

Related films