We saw White Boy Rick on Day 9 of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. We did not have any talent at our screening, so we did not get to see a Q & A. This is a cautionary tale of a life gone wrong and a young man that appears to have been failed by the justice system. Newcomer Richie Merritt’s portrayal of Ricky Wershe, Jr. is convincing as a kid who’s keeps falling into situations. Whether it is becoming a father or a drug dealer, Ricky doesn’t seem to realize that his actions could have consequences. Matthew McConaughey’s performance as Ricky’s smooth, slick, salesman father, Richard, is similar to his Lincoln commercials only with more energy. Bel Powley (Mary Shelley) plays Dawn, Ricky’s strung out sister. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rory Cochrane’s scenes are not that dramatic, maybe their underused talents ended up on the cutting room floor. I would have liked to see more of Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie, who portrayed Ricky’s grandparents. This is an okay movie, but I really can’t say that you should see it this weekend. Unless you’re just a fan, I would wait and stream it.
Our Rating for White Boy Rick
The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.
White Boy Rick Q & A at TIFF 2018
|Principle Cast||Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie|
|Screenwriter||Andy Weiss, Logan Miller, Noah Miller|
|Production Companies||Columbia Pictures, Studio 8, Protozoa Pictures, LBI Entertainment, Le Grisbi Productions|
|Run Time||111 minutes|
|Genre||Biography, Drama, Crime|
|Premier||Telluride Film Festival 2018|