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Yann Demange’s new film tells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr., a mid-’80s Detroit teenager who went from gun dealer to informant to drug dealer to inmate.
Watch a clip from the movie ‘White Boy Rick,’ starring Matthew McConaughey. Photo: Sony Pictures
A lot of deals go down, and go bad, in “White Boy Rick,” but the one that really goes awry is the one with the audience. When a viewer endures a certain amount of unpleasantness, bad taste and squalor, said viewer expects to be rewarded. A payoff. A reason. It doesn’t always have to be moral redemption. Or justice prevailing. Or something sparklingly cinematic. Just something that explains why one invested one’s time.