This is not my favorite Van Sant film and watching it today it’s easy to reflect on so much that has been lost: River Pheonix, gritty Portland, Keanu Reeves’ youth. It’s a fun movie to watch from the perspective of glimpses of Portland past, and it’s gleefully weird in places.* But overall, I find it to be a so-so story.
*That scene where River Pheonix dresses as the little Dutch Boy and cleans for/before his “date” comes to mind. Also: Flea!
Cost: Free due to remodeled Baghdad promotion.
Where watched: remodeled Baghdad, which looks and sounds terrific.