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 , Thriller

Production Co: Studio 8, Protozoa Pictures, LBI Entertainment, LBI Productions, TRACE

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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 International

    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

  • 50
    John AndersonWall Street Journal

    Making his film debut, Richie Merritt plays Rick as a sullen, evidently stupid and certainly uncharismatic schemer in possession of a modicum of animal cunning and perhaps a hint of personal insight. But there’s no life in his eyes. And little life in his acting. Which is too bad for Matthew McConaughey, who gives yet another terrific performance. show more

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