Subscribers! Add a note to this movie and/or put it into one of your private movie lists.
Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe, who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison.
Crime Drama - This is a gritty, fact-based 1980s-set drama aimed at adults. The
most familiar stars here, Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Jason
Leigh, have only supporting roles, with the lead being newcomer
Richie Merritt. Constant language and drug and alcohol use by teens
make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; 27 S-words; 29 GD's; many others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Shootings and beatings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, marijuana, including by teens. ACTION: A car wreck. COMEDY: Some darkly comic lines and kid humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Though it's a well-done family drama, "White Boy Rick” is a half-told story that only lightly incorporates the deeper issues of systemic injustice. Despite these flaws, the performances in the movie are strong: short turns by Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie and Jennifer Jason Leigh feel comedic or exhilarating.
USA TodayFull Review Average "White Boy Rick” deftly captures the desperation of Reagan-era Detroit following the collapse of the auto industry – both in its characters and cinematography – without ever connecting enough with its audience.
NY PostFull Review Very Good The film stays foreboding, gritty and honest. Merritt's no-frills style is the film's greatest asset, while McConaughey brings an authentic paternal concern to his usual trailer-park persona. ...watching this young man's life fall apart because of his destructive community and family is harrowing.
Rolling StoneFull Review Above Average White Boy Rick has both a mind and a pair of cojones on it — occasionally it even wears its heart on its rayon sleeve. They rarely seem juiced up or in sync enough to make a lot of substantial sh-t happen.
Note: The rating
above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on
their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 49 moviegoers:
TEENS: The four females all loved "White Boy Rick."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The one male rated it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. The lone female loved it.
ADULTS: These aren't the greatest reviews but they aren't bad. Only about 20% of both the males and females loved "White Boy Rick." Fortunately, another 35% of the ladies and 55% of the males indicated that they enjoyed it very much rating it "above average." What's a little disappointing is that around 40% of both the males and females only rated it "good/average," which isn't bad, but it is a bit on the low side. It indicates a movie they found enjoyable but it wasn't special or memorable.