White Boy Rick

2018, Biography/Crime, 1h 51m

155 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Solid work from the cast - particularly a scene-stealing Matthew McConaughey - helps White Boy Rick make up for a number of missed opportunities in the script. Read critic reviews

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Rick Wershe is a single father who's struggling to raise two teenagers during the height of the crack epidemic in 1980s Detroit. Wershe sells guns illegally to make ends meet but soon attracts attention from the FBI. Federal agents convince his son, Rick Jr., to become an undercover drug informant in exchange for keeping his father out of prison. When young Rick gets in too deep, he finds himself seduced by the lure of easy money and becomes a drug dealer himself.

Cast & Crew

Matthew McConaughey
Richard Wershe Sr.
Richie Merritt
Rick Wershe Jr.
Bel Powley
Dawn Wershe
Jennifer Jason Leigh
FBI Agent Snyder
Brian Tyree Henry
Detective Jackson
Rory Cochrane
FBI Agent Byrd
RJ Cyler
Rudell "Boo" Curry
Jonathan Majors
Johnny "Lil Man" Curry
Eddie Marsan
Art Derrick
Taylour Paige
Cathy Volsan-Curry
Bruce Dern
Grandpa Roman "Ray" Wershe
Piper Laurie
Grandma Verna Wershe
Raekwon Haynes
Edwin "Nugg" Crutcher
Ishmael Ali
"Freaky Steve" Roussell
James Howard
Chief Homicide Inspector Hill
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Leo "Big Man" Curry
Danny Brown
"Black Ed" Hanserd
Isaiah Ali
Demetrius Johnson
Andy Weiss
Screenwriter
Logan Miller
Screenwriter
Noah Miller
Screenwriter
Georgia Kacandes
Executive Producer
Matthew W. Krul
Executive Producer
Ari Handel
Executive Producer
Michael J. Weiss
Executive Producer
Christopher Mallick
Executive Producer
Logan Miller
Executive Producer
Noah Miller
Executive Producer
Tat Radcliffe
Cinematographer
Chris Wyatt
Film Editor
Max Richter
Original Music
Stefania Cella
Production Design
Audra Avery
Supervising Art Direction
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  • May 26, 2019
    Worth a view for its solid acting and super cinematography, White Boy Rick, lacks the storytelling chops to be memorable.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2019
    Forgettable. I guess I theoretically could feel sorry for the actual person this movie was based around? Maybe? But not for this character. Nothing about White Boy Rick grabbed me, least of all the utterly never-congenial Matthew McConaughey, who I seem unable to escape recently, desperate though I am to do so.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    "You clean up well, Ricky, but you crooked." White Boy Rick is the kind of story that sounds crazier in its broad strokes than it feels when your in the midst of the motions, not realizing what your in the midst of. Director Yann Demange ('71) boils the "based on a true story" events down into a movie about the fragility of family and the relationships in our lives-namely that of the father/son relationship here. It also doesn't hurt that Demange and his team have fully re-created the look and feel of what one imagines mid-80's Detroit looked and felt like for the lower/middle class. I mean, everything in every frame is on point. One of the best soundtracks of the year, undeniably. A host of great showings from the likes of McConaughey, Jonathan Majors, and newcomer Richie Merritt, but ladies and gentleman I needed more of Eddie Marsan in this role! There's a lot of talk of "up selliing" in White Boy Rick, but the magic of what Demange pulls off here is that he executes his story in such a fashion, by dialing in on the familial theme rather than focusing on how "crazy" it all is, that he doesn't have to offer any fries with the burger to convince us we're getting more than we bargained for. We get exactly what we ordered without the typical gimmicks only to find a pie we didn't have to pay for in the bag after the fact.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2018
    A potentially good to great movie is in there somewhere, somewhat lost in uneven direction, bad pacing and a lack of focus. Matthew Mcconaughey seems underutilized, but nonetheless excels. 3.5/5
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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