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White Boy Rick

White Boy Rick
White Boy Rick
White Boy Rick
  • R
  • 1h 51m
  • 2018
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Inspired by the story of Richard Wershe Jr. At the age of 14, Wershe became an undercover informant for local and federal law enforcement agencies in the mid-80s, and grew in that role enough to establish himself as a major drug dealer.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Solid work from the cast - particularly a scene-stealing Matthew McConaughey - helps White Boy Rick make up for a number of missed opportunities in the script.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Gritty, violent biopic about a young drug dealer's downfall.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that White Boy Rick tells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt), who worked for the FBI in the 1980s in Detroit pretending to buy and sell drugs -- and later began selling for real. Violence is frequent and strong, with lots of guns, shooting, characters being shot and killed, blood spurts, and kids carrying guns, and a man bashing another man's face with a bottle. Drugs are also prevalent; they're shown being made, bought, sold, and used. A woman has a painful detox, and a crack den is shown. Social drinking and smoking are also seen. Language is extreme, with constant use of "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, and more. The teen main character kisses a girl and gets her pregnant (she's shown later, after the child is born); he also kisses an older woman. Women are ogled at dance clubs, and a woman is shown partially topless. Despite some sympathetic characters and a strong family dynamic, the movie is depressing and doesn't seem to know what to say. Matthew McConaughey and Bel Powley co-star.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 14, 2018
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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