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White Boy Rick ()

Sep 14, 2018 | | min
  Genre: Crime, Drama
  Director: Yann Demange
  Writer: Andy Weiss, Logan Miller, Noah Miller
  Cast & Crew: Bel Powley, Brian Tyree Henry, Bruce Dern, Eddie Marsan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Matthew McConaughey, Piper Laurie, Richie Merritt, RJ Cyler, Rory Cochrane
  Synopsis: Everybody in "White Boy Rick" seems to be running some kind of scam. The title character (newcomer Richie Merritt), né Richard Wershe Jr., and his huckster dad (a bug-eyed, bemulleted Matthew McConaughey) have some kind of borderline-illegal gun business going. His sister’s a teenage drug addict dating a shady dude who offers her a ticket out of their sad Detroit home. Then there are the cops, who are recruiting suckers to go undercover, making the rules up as they go along. Every other speaking character - including Rick’s own grandparents (an opportunity for the inspired casting of Bruce Dern as McConaughey’s dad) - is a drug dealer or in some way associated with the crack epidemic. Even director Yann Demange appears to be hustling here. On the strength of his blistering IRA thriller "’71," he’s desperate to make the transition to Hollywood, who was equally excited to work with him, although it took no fewer than four years to deliver this gritty, true-crime story - one that, on paper at least, seems fairly well suited to his tense, street-level sensibility. Although Demange directs the heck out of it, "White Boy Rick" ultimately feels like a glorified TV movie, albeit with a better cast and a much hipper score.

  Producer: Darren Aronofsky, Georgia Kacandes, Judd Allison, Matthew W. Krul, Scott Franklin
  Company: LBI Productions, Protozoa Pictures, Studio 8
  Country: United States
  Language: English

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