White Boy Rick

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  111 min.
Release Date: September 14, 2018
DVD: December 25, 2018
Blu-ray: December 25, 2018
VOD: December 11, 2018
Digital: December 11, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 4.22
based on 56 votes and 23 reviews
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Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie


Richard Wershe, known on the streets as White Boy Rick, lived in Detroit, where he worked as a drug dealer. What his criminal pals didn't know was that at age 14, he had been recruited to be an undercover informant for the Detroit police.

The police provided him with a fake ID that said he was 21 so he could travel to Las Vegas and to Miami to do drug deals in order to bring down drug lords in those cities as well. By 16, he was dating the Mayor Coleman Young's niece, who was five years older and married to Eastside drug kingpin Johnny Curry. Having served for two years as an informant, Rick decided to stop helping police, which would have severe repercussions for the teen.

Director: Yann Demange
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Julie Yorn, Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, John Lesher
Screenplay: Andy Weiss, Logan Miller, Noah Miller, Steve Kloves

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  • 2 stars "A depressing real-life story. None of the description was in the movie. It shows that the police talked to him a few times but it doesn't show them providing him with fake ID to go to Vegas, or 'dating' the mayor's niece (it showed a one-time hook up). It wasn't until I came on here to rate it that I saw those things in the description and the film made a bit more sense. They just focused waaay more on this kids back story and not enough on what, how or WHY the FBI used him. I don't recommend this movie unless you want to be thoroughly depressed. NOTHING good happens in this movie, which I understand can happen in life, but I came out confused as the story was so misjointed."
  • 2 stars "Excellent acting but very depressing. Would not recommend."
  • 5 stars "True to life things don't go as planned. Would recommend seeing WBR to friends /anyone."