White Boy Rick

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Movie Info & Cast


Some kids are overachievers, but few kids pull off as much at a young age as Ricky Wershe Jr. did. In Detroit during the 1980s, streetwise Ricky was recruited as an undercover FBI informant and eventually become a drug kingpin himself – all by the time he was 16. And when his handlers abandoned him, he wound up arrested and sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile. Sounds unbelievable, right? Then we should probably mention that White Boy Rick is based on a true story. Newcomer Richie Merritt landed the role of Ricky himself, and Matthew McConaughey plays Ricky’s father, Richard Wershe Sr. The film also stars Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rory Cochrane, Brian Tyree Henry, and Bel Powley.


  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Rory Cochrane
  • Bel Powley
  • Eddie Marsan
  • Brian Tyree Henry
  • Bruce Dern
  • Piper Laurie
  • RJ Cyler
  • Jonathan Majors

Did You Know?


  • Matthew McConaughey and Rory Cochrane previously starred together in Dazed and Confused (1993).
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  • The bulk of this story is set in the early / mid '80s. However, Wershe Sr. tells his son that he is seeing someone about a "40 Cal". The .40 S&W cartridge debuted January 17, 1990.
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    • [From Trailer]
    • Richard Wershe Sr.: When I first saw you I knew you were going to be bigger than me.
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Verified Review

It was an okay movie. Not as hype as it seemed to be.

Tameca S
Verified Review

I m was born in Detroit lived there most of my life! White Boy Rick brought back memories! I hope this film can change and save some young lives.

Alfred J


Sep 8, 2018

The new film from ’71 director Yann Demange is best when it pauses to explore the father-and-son drama at the heart of this tale, as well as coldly examining America’s ruinous drug policy.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
Sep 8, 2018

Despite impressive performances by Matthew McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt, the film fails to engage or enlighten.

Metacritic review by Stephen Farber
Stephen Farber
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 8, 2018

Despite its structural hiccups, Demange’s film still manages to highlight the humanity of a family and community that fights to survive their no-win circumstances and aspire to pass on something hopeful to their descendants.

Tomris Laffly
Film Journal International