Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, WHITE BOY RICK is based on 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 abandoned by his handlers.
The DVD version includes a special feature, Trivia Track. It is actually a feature that starts the entire movie along with trivia comments as it plays much like a director's commentary instead of having audio comments playing. See more »
Richard Sr tells Ritchie to go inside, he got a cool ''Glock'' --This was in '1985' - Glocks were not Available in US market until after 1986 and then quite rare. See more »
Written by Sal Principato (as Salvatore Principato) (BMI), Jeffrey Hartley (BMI), Richard McGuire (BMI), Dennis Young (BMI)
Performed by Liquid Liquid
Courtesy of Mo'Wax Recordings/A&M Records Limited under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Published by Liquid Liquid Publishing (BMI) administered by Domino Publishing Company of America Inc. (BMI)
Licensing courtesy of Domino Publishing Company of America Inc.
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Not That Bad.
White Boy Rick is the cinematic equivalent of Sloppy Joes. It tastes good, but it never coalesces into something satisfying, with a solid base of support to keep it together. White Boy Rick has all the ingredients of a great film. A stellar all-star cast, excellent cinematography, razor-sharp editing and a story that keeps you invested the entire time. But something seems missing. For one, some of the story seems rushed to get to the more interesting aspects, without properly explaining how we get there. For example, how did the FBI hone into Rick and his father for an FBI investigation? The agents just appear in the beginning, and we're supposed to roll with it. Now you understand why I compared it to Sloppy Joes. The exposition, at times, is pretty sloppy. But fortunately, never once did that take me out of the film. White Boy Rick is a thoroughly good time at the movies. The performances, notably from McConaughey, are top notch. White Boy Rick himself garners sympathy as a lost soul, and that's important to clarify. Some people might write this off as a run-of-the-mill crime thriller biting off "The Wire". If I was so inclined to be jaded, maybe I'd agree. But always give things the benefit of the doubt. Give it a watch?
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