Columbia Pictures | Release Date: September 14, 2018
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GreatMartinSep 15, 2018
Ricky Wershe Jr, AKA White Boy Rick, went to jail in 1987 at the age of 17 and is still in jail today though he was paroled 2017. “White Boy Rick” tells his story from the age of 14 to 17 with an addendum at the end.

The film covers many
Ricky Wershe Jr, AKA White Boy Rick, went to jail in 1987 at the age of 17 and is still in jail today though he was paroled 2017. “White Boy Rick” tells his story from the age of 14 to 17 with an addendum at the end.

The film covers many topics like the state of Detroit at the time, corrupt cops and politicians, drug dealers, teenagers giving birth, Black versus White subjects, all very lightly including time spent in prison. The two subjects that the film delves into are Ricky Jr., who as a teenager is used and gets involved in dealing drugs by ‘law-abiding’ adults. The other subject is about family and the fight to stay together.

The family consists of grandparents (Piper Laurie and Bruce Dern), father (Matthew McConaughey) brother (Richie Merritt) and sister (Bel Powley) each having problems but all there for each other for good or bad. All we know about the children’s mother is that she left before the film starts. The cast also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rory Cochrane as FBI agents, Brian Tyree Henry as a narcotics cop, Eddie Marsan as a drug kingpin, RJ Cyler as Ricky’s friend among many who come and go without a chance to make an impact.

The movie mainly relies on McConaughey who plays the shady dealing con man with dreams and the father who loves his children giving a definitive portrait of the man. With more face time and some deeper scenes Merritt is at a disadvantage being a nonprofessional cast in his first role. At times he acts as a typical teenager, which may be natural, while at other times he doesn’t quite have the gravitas needed in some scenes.

Bel Powley as the daughter/sister is a match for McConaughey and, in a few scenes is too intense for Merritt.

“White Boy Ricky” is directed by Yann Demange with the screenplay by Andy Weiss, Logan Miller and Noah Miller with both sides seeming not to know what to concentrate on, a shaky camera coming and going for no any particular reason, which at times prevents the audience from being quite as engaged as it should and could be.


“White Boy Ricky” is an interesting film to see because it approaches an often done subject from a new angle.
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KevinChau5Sep 14, 2018
Saw this film tonight, Really good true story! Loved the performances by Matthew McConaughey, Good storyline, would highly recommend this film!!
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ayamaya100Sep 24, 2018
Boring and disappointing... slow and not very engaging. Dreary and depressing, lacks any real entertainment value. Worse, none of the characters are worth investing in.
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TVJerrySep 14, 2018
This a sad, but true story of a teenager who went undercover for the FBI in 80s Detroit. His involvement led to even more complex, unfortunate situations. Matthew McConaughey plays his father, a hardscrabble hustler who's devoted to his son,This a sad, but true story of a teenager who went undercover for the FBI in 80s Detroit. His involvement led to even more complex, unfortunate situations. Matthew McConaughey plays his father, a hardscrabble hustler who's devoted to his son, played with steely reserve by newcomer Richie Merritt. The most outstanding performance is from British actor Bel Powley as his screwed-up sis. This is a dark, gritty story about an unfortunate family and the effects of the War on Drugs. French director Yann Demange has created a grim, hopeless world, infused with authenticity and affection. It's not often that we see such tragic work, but this one is weirdly compelling. Expand
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Compi24Sep 18, 2018
"White Boy Rick" certainly isn't the best version of itself that it could have been, but it's also not a bad one in any regard. The performances, the tone, the ending - it's all very well thought out. Director Yann Demange even somehow"White Boy Rick" certainly isn't the best version of itself that it could have been, but it's also not a bad one in any regard. The performances, the tone, the ending - it's all very well thought out. Director Yann Demange even somehow manages to take an utterly disgusting-looking color palette and turn it into a series of lush-looking images. But back to the version of the film that we ended up getting, I couldn't help but feel as though there was something missing in the delivery of this film on a narrative level. Something about the structure and pacing of this piece ultimately left me feeling - miraculously - as though there were both things to be cut and/or expanded upon all throughout. The result is a decidedly off-kilter experience, with some sequences of the movie being more interesting and easier to watch than others. It's not a perfect film, but the ending and lasting thematic coda helps it solidify itself into the memories of the audiences members. Overall, a good effort, featuring what I unfortunately suspect will become one of Matthew McConnaughey's most overlooked performances. Expand
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bfoore90Sep 23, 2018
Based on a true story, White Boy Rick offers up a truly wonderful Matthew McConaughey performance, solid storytelling and a good cast but missed opportunities with it's script keep the film from being a better version of itself
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amheretojudgeSep 17, 2018
the laziness in its previous act that makes it more active..

White Boy Rick White Boy Rick is a character driven biographical crime drama about a 15 year old boy that falls in a trap of FBI officers in order to help them and then latter
the laziness in its previous act that makes it more active..

White Boy Rick

White Boy Rick is a character driven biographical crime drama about a 15 year old boy that falls in a trap of FBI officers in order to help them and then latter finds himself on the wrong side of the door. This arthouse is a blunder of any whatsoever production gone under where its only way out is its pathos reality that it uses utterly to manipulate the emotions out of the audience. It may have a newer structure but the primary reason behind it, is its inability to construct one, each sequence is unfinished, each move is illogical. The creativity and originality never had any vacancy in here, but even a world extracted from real incidents ought to feel practical; don't get your hopes high. The side characters are one dimensional and are handed a wafer thin characteristic to mug up and on that note, the performance of supporting cast is plausible. The relationship between McConaughey and Merritt has done something right to its viewers and it is a real gem of the feature and not because of the sweet and innocence it is brimmed with, but how flawed and honest it is; not often where we encounter this complex chemistry and on such large scale. Merritt is good in bits and pieces just like the feature along with Powley that follows his footsteps. One of the major disappointments is Jennifer Jason Leigh who is underused and undercooked where she isn't given enough range for her to flaunt her skills. McConaughey soars through this crime drama amidst all this traffic of mediocrity and justifies his stardom and his presence on screen every time when a camera looks at him; it loves him, we love him. Its first half is scattered into bits and the second half is equally sensible that for the least itlands this risky flight safely. And as much as gathering the makers does of its mutilated bits and pieces, its amendment can never be that glorifying to make one suffer through that hour. The latter stages are genuinely moving and appreciative but it too falls on a shorter level, either the expectations have grown mediocre or its just the laziness in its previous act that makes it more active. The background score is incongruent with daft cinematography and disturbing camera work that reaches to go all artsy which fires back vigorously. And the anchor that weighs in the most is its editing that is just banal and amateurly polished upon. The narration is something that neither makers agree with nor the actors, their uncomfortness is communicated thoroughly which is just plain old sad. The recalcitrant natured script is why there is no rhythm to it, it was supposed to be this, it became that and clearly we don't want THAT. What it does get right somehow, is when it attempts to depict a series of events to convey the time passing by, but that too is fueled with performance, the juvenile execution barely takes part into it. White Boy Rick is clearly a non-calculative venture whose schemes aren't worth getting into, forget the long run it can't even hold its promises up till the runtime.
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GrantD243Sep 16, 2018
White Boy Rick follows a teenage boy, named Rick, who becomes a drug dealer and informant for the FBI. The Good:
- This is based on a true story and I found it to be very well done. I had also never heard of this story until now. - Matthew
White Boy Rick follows a teenage boy, named Rick, who becomes a drug dealer and informant for the FBI. The Good:
- This is based on a true story and I found it to be very well done. I had also never heard of this story until now. - Matthew McConaughey is solid as always. - They captured the 1980s well.
- It's interesting to see a "gangster" movie that actually focuses quite a bit on kids rather than a mob. - They also tackled the story in a realistic and grounded way. Nothing that happens in this film seems overdramatized or unrealistic. The Bad:
- The story of someone getting involved in dealing drugs and informing for the FBI is nothing new. And while there are some elements of this story that I found to be original, the overall story is nothing we haven't seen before. - I don't mind language in films. In a lot of ways it makes films more realistic, but it becomes a little much when the main characters are saying "f**k" in almost every sentence. - The pacing of the story is by far the weakest part of this film. It's never consistent and therefore makes it hard for the audience to gauge exactly how quickly it's moving along. Overall, White Boy Rick is a solid watch, but it doesn't push the envelope by any means.
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WonderZOct 8, 2018
Great film. If you want to see the devastation of drugs and how the impoverished are pushed towards it, this is your film. Great performances all the way around. Watched with boxxy software, very pleased.
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JackusBlackusOct 3, 2018
It is annoying when a movie's trailers misrepresent the movie. White Boy Rick is not a gangster/crime drama or a dark comedy as the trailers portray. It is really much better and more compelling. It is a sad story of a teenager in a poorIt is annoying when a movie's trailers misrepresent the movie. White Boy Rick is not a gangster/crime drama or a dark comedy as the trailers portray. It is really much better and more compelling. It is a sad story of a teenager in a poor broken family growing up in a poor neighborhood in Detroit.

Overall, the movie is decent and the acting is solid. Bel Powley is particularly noteworthy in a supporting role as the sister.

My major complaint about the movie is that it gets sidetracked at the end by calling out the injustice of the outcome. The movie is not about injustice and the detour at the end does not fit.
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