White Boy Rick Is Complex, Crazy, And True


The story of teen Richard Wershe Jr., who was an undercover informant for the FBI during the 80s and was arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

Synopsis: Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, WHITE BOY RICK is based on the moving true 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 abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison. 

I will say this movie was cast phenomenally. Every single character is played by the perfect actor and actress. I left the theater thinking about why? Why was Richard Wershe Jr. not released years ago, why was he made an example. Don’t get me wrong what he did was wrong, but he was 17 years old and only 14 when he worked with the FBI.

You need to watch the movie and judge for yourself why. It’s not a movie that glorify’s sex, drugs or violence. It’s a movie that shows how a young man can easily get involved in the dark under belly of crime and corruption.

Release Date: September 14th, 2018
Directed by: Yann Demange
Story by: Andy Weiss and Logan & Noah Miller
Screenplay by: Andy Weiss and Logan Miller & Noah Miller and Steve Kloves
Produced by: John Lesher, Julie Yorn, Darren Aronofsky, and Scott Franklin

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern, and Piper Laurie

I know its early but I am 100% sure we might see some award nods for at least the screenplay if not McConaughey’s portrayal of Richard Wershe Sr.

If you want to read more about the true story of WHITE BOY RICK click HERE.

I give this movie four out of five Nerdskulls.

Check out the trailer:
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I grew up on Kung Fu theater movie weekends, a lot of Top Ramen Noodles, G.I. Joe's, Evil Knivels Stunt Cycle and Stretch Armstrong. My Movie reviews and Artist Interviews have been a regular around Nerdlocker.com. Follow me on Twitter @arainbolt. or email me aaron@nerdlocker.com