• White Boy Rick (2018)

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White Boy Rick

Release Date: September 14th, 2018

R |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

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: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors

Director: Yann Demange

Genres: Crime drama, Biography

Production Co: Studio 8

Distributors: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Car, 1980s, House, Transformation, Father, Intense, Quest, Brash

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Tomris LafflyFilm Journal International

    Despite its structural hiccups, Demange’s film still manages to highlight the humanity of a family and community that fights to survive their no-win circumstances and aspire to pass on something hopeful to their descendants. show more

  • 50
    Stephen FarberThe Hollywood Reporter

    Despite impressive performances by Matthew McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt, the film fails to engage or enlighten. show more

  • 80
    Tim GriersonScreen Daily

    The new film from ’71 director Yann Demange is best when it pauses to explore the father-and-son drama at the heart of this tale, as well as coldly examining America’s ruinous drug policy. show more

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