White Boy Rick

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  111 min.
In theatres: September 14, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 4.35
based on 46 votes and 18 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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  • 5 stars "Realistic! Entertaining! Dark! Excellent acting!"
  • 5 stars "Sad but true story of lives gone wrong by clueless poor life decisions. Best acting you will see all year. Expect to see newcomer Bel Powley and veteran McConeghey on award lists this season."
  • 5 stars "being based on true story made it depressing and dark for me. But it is how life is for many, very realistic acting roles and sad as I felt it was, it is how many live and will continue to love. Sad. Our law enforcement officials are pathetic in this story, no empathy, no souls. good acting."