This 1998 film, directed by the now famous Gus Van Sant, follows a group of drug users, on their road trip around the North-West states of America, during the 1970′s. It stars Matt Dillon, getting his first grown up role, after years spent playing a teenage renegade. He does not disappoint, never overplaying his part, and holding the film together.
There is nothing judgmental about the plot either. Despite robbing shops, breaking into places, and living outside the law, the four leads are not treated as either heroes, or criminals. They are just doing what they do, until their luck runs out. Much is made of Dillon's character being obsessively superstitious, and there is a sense that the four regard themselves as a family, more so than their own real families can offer.
This is not a perfect film, far from it. It is an unusual film though, and it is refreshing to see locations other than the all-too familiar streets of New York, Los Angeles, or Las Vegas, for a change.