In 1980s Detroit, Ricky Wershe Jr. was the street hustler, FBI informant and drug kingpin all before he turned 16. “White Boy Rick” based on the true story.
White Boy Rick is based on a true story and is directed by Yann Demange and stars Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, and RJ Cyler.
Rick Wershe Jr. (Merritt) is a teenager who comes from a dysfunctional family. His father Richard Wershe Sr. (McConaughey) is an illegal arms dealer who buys and resells guns to anyone willing to buy, including drug dealers. Rick befriends a group of drug dealers through a sale and is given the nickname “White Boy Rick”. When the FBI tries to arrest Rick’s father, he makes a deal with them to become an informant to bring the drug dealers down. Later on, Rick becomes a drug dealer on his own and soon faces repercussions for his actions.
Before the release of this movie, I knew nothing about the tale of “White Boy Rick”. When the movie came on my radar it seemed like it would be an interesting watch, getting to learn about this story that is based on true events. White Boy Rick has some solid performances and it’s interesting to see the story unfold, even though it suffers from pacing issues that drag it down. (Continued in comments)