River Phoenix, who is incredible, and Keanu Reeves, who is far better than you’d expect, play street hustlers and best friends. With themes like narcolepsy, travel, and the meaning of family, MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO looks at the line between reality and escape in scene after beautifully shot scene. But what really stays with me is the bittersweet friendship between the two protagonists. Keanu is the mayor’s rebellious son, who is able to make sharp distinctions between his squalid lifestyle and the fortune that awaits him, as well as his own sexuality and what the job requires. River’s character doesn’t have either of those luxuries. Their relationship, whether affectionate, callous, or one-sided, is completely engaging throughout the film.