The father-son Duo of “White Boy Rick”: Richard Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt) and Richard Wershe Sr. (Matthew McConaughey)

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the Image of The RomCom-Schönlings has Hollywood Star Matthew McConaughey (49) at the latest since his Oscar-winning Performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013). As HIV-infected whole blood Cowboy Ron Woodroof, he found not only his acting skills, but also showed that his presence on the screen is not at its strongest, when its role shines with a flawless appearance. In “White Boy Rick”, of the 7. March in the German cinema starts to hits the once more. The film is a critique of society in the United States.

based on a true story

“White Boy Rick” by Director Yann Demange (42) plays in Detroit in the 1980s. Richard Wershe Sr. (Matthew McConaughey) dreams of a private library, while his 14-year-old son, Richard Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt) into the drug scene doesn’t slip. The white Teenager begins to sell fabric and is from American drug Department as an Informant hired – the newest. His influence grows over the years. However, the height of flight is not permanent. One day, he serves as an Informant.

When the police finally caught up with a few Kilos of fuel, he pays a high price for it. At the age of 17, Richard Wershe Jr. in the jail – without the possibility of parole. He falls at that time a law that says people who have drugs in a quantity of at least 650 grams, life in prison. The minor drug dealer should never be violent become, yet he stays for more than three decades behind bars. A judicial scandal, which is based on true events. The ideal film template.

Matthew McConaughey absolutely unpretending

“White Boy Rick” back directly into the Detroit of the 1980s. The Setting seems dirty and drab, uninviting. It fits to that mood. Richie Merritt plays the impassive acting and private life bored Richard Wershe Jr. with stoic precision. His father, Matthew McConaughey embodies, with semi-long, and back licked hair, a moustache and Belly. An inwardly torn character, a completely modest. “White Trash” is like McConaugheys signature role. The scenes with the father-son Duo are at their strongest.

coordinates The implementation and also the acting Ensemble is convincing, yet the spark is not jumping completely. What Richard Wershe Jr. happened to you, is a judicial scandal, as he is in the book. But White Boy Rick is scratching “” more on the surface. It is not only a criticism but an indictment of American society, in the American System. So much is likely to be after the cinema gear safely, with the right things is not received in the case, everything. The movie offers only a one-sided view on the events. And this is its major weak point.


“White Boy Rick” gurgles along, with almost as little zeal as Richie Merritt, alias Richard Wershe Jr. to progress through his life seems to be. The presence of Matthew McConaughey enhances the Film, these roles are made for him. But “White Boy Rick”, is missing an arrangement in the big picture. You may leave the cinema a little thoughtful, a lasting impression of the strip can be but not necessarily.