White Boy Rick

Witness the rise of America’s youngest hustler, dealer, kingpin, informant, legend.


White Boy Rick
Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, we follow the moving story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer before he was even 16 years old, before he was abandoned by his handlers.

115 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence, Drug abuse).
Crime, Drama, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors
Director
Yann Demange
ScreenplayAndy Weiss, Logan Miller, Noah Miller
MusicMax Richter
CinematographyTat Radcliffe
EditingChris Wyatt
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2018
Produced byLBI Productions, Protozoa Pictures, Studio 8

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageStrong impact frequent crude language used in expressions, swearing and conversations between characters.
NudityLow impact infrequent nudity in a non sexual context.
SexNone
ViolenceFairly frequent moderate impact realistic violence, with some iinstances of blood letting necessary for the narrative.
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsThe material contains complex and mature themes with a strong sense of threat and menace. It explores themes of a dysfunctional family, single parenthood, dealing with gangsterism, drug and gun dealings, being betrayed by a law enforcement, organised crime and crime investigation. Themes that deal with gangsterism, gun and drug dealing which seem to be profitable may morally mislead cognitively immature impressionable viewers as they misinterpret the context of the storyline and think that the ‘glamorised’ crime is profitable, although some people were arrested in the end. Furthermore drug dealings and innocent victims being shot may be upsetting, distressing and distressing for younger viewers.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

USA MPAA rating

R: RestrictedRated R for language throughout, drug content, violence, some sexual references, and brief nudity
Runtime111
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
4
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
5
Smoking
3
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
5
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
3
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
3
Topics to talk about
4

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
17 +
Positive messages
1
Positive role models
1
Violence
4
Sex
4
Language
5
Consumerism
1
Drinking, drugs, smoking
4

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

24.com
Ilan Preskovsky quote iconSadly, and there’s no getting around this, the actual plot here is a total snooze. Yes, the one about the teenage FBI informant and drug dealer. I suppose there are hints of interest in the way our hero is a white kid who acts like he belongs to the black community around him but who, because of the colour of his skin, is far less likely than his neighbours to have his life ruined by a justice system that picks and chooses how it punishes people of different races for the same crime – not to mention the irony of how it all plays out – but most of the plot-heavy parts of the film adds up to little more than a badly paced, utterly unexciting and entirely uninteresting collection of crime movie clichés.
10
ScreenIt
T. Durgin quote iconThe real-life story is certainly one to research and read up on online. So, the film also does its job in getting you to show interest in Ricky’s tragic case. But I wanted to be more than interested. I wanted to be moved, compelled, even angered. I just wasn’t.
9
Metacritic.com
35 critics
12
Rottentomatoes critics
136 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconSolid 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.
12
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
12
CommonSenseMedia
Jeffrey M. Anderson quote iconGritty, violent biopic about a young drug dealer's downfall.
5

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
27 users
13
Rottentomatoes users
1382 users
12
IMDB
11695 Netizens
13
The Movie DB
Community
12
Rottentomatoes popcornmeter
Popcornmeter
11

Average .. 55%

11

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