Mosky Reviews The New Movie "White Boy Rick."
“White Boy Rick,” based on the true story of year old 14 teenager who is
recruited by FBI in 1980 Detroit to infiltrate a drug ring. He then gets
sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for possession
of a large amount of cocaine.
In this film, the FBI comes accross as totally unethical, but then, in real
life, nothing much has changed about the FBI since 1980.
Even worse, Hollywood today is even clueless than even the Government at
telling a compelling story. Recreating this larger than-life REAL LIFE story
just doesn’t work: Real life is often much stranger than fiction but no
where near as strange as Hollywood film making today.
"White Boy Rick" stars Matthew McConaughey and newbie Richie Merritt, who was
cast after a two-year nationwide search. Wiith ZERO acting experience, Merritt
plays the real life Rick Wershe Jr., whose claim to infamy is his being the
longest person ever incarcerated for a non-violent offense. He he recently got
paroled after 29 years in prison. According to McConaughey at a screening I
attended, the real white boy Rick but has not seen the film, which probably is
a good thing.
The problem with "White Boy Rick," the movie, is this: You never knew where
the film is going. The main character has no character to speak of. Merritt's
performance is flat and virtually emotionaless. But then, not everyone actor
can act, nor every director direct.
"White Boy Rick" will keep you waiting for the “Ta Da" moment, when the
17-year-old acts like a seasoned drug kingpin. B just never happens.
“White Boy Rick, moves along slower than a real life sloth on some chemical
depressent. Plus the editing is weak. The film was cut to 90 minutes from its
original two hour running time and you can make a good case that it should
have been cut to 30 minutes.
The film REALLY doesn’t start making any sense until the third act when FBI
agents ask Rick, this time with his father’s (McConaughey’s) approval, to
do another sting operation. This one tied to the Detroit Mayor at the time.
You can blame the film's mediocrity all on newcomer French TV director, Yann
Demange, and screenwriters Andy Weiss, Logan Miller and Noah Miller. It's
doubtful, they would never make it thru the USC film school if they could even
If there’s any redeeming quality to "White Boy Rick", it’s that the film is reflective of how drastic prison sentences were in the 80's for drug
possession. The funky 1980'a soundtrack is pretty cool but overall, "White Boy
Rick" is just another mediocre movie from a clueless gaggle of bad story
tellers lost in the rain in Juarez as Bob Dylan would put it.
I give "White Boy Rick" two Mosky's and this advice: Save your money and go
see something else.