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White Boy Rick review – rise of a teenage drug hustler

Matthew McConaughey stars in a father-and-son drama about the FBI’s youngest informant turned Detroit crack kingpinWith a greasy mullet and drooping caterpillar moustache, Matthew McConaughey once again seems to be channelling a failed secondhand car salesman in White Boy Rick, a somewhat flavourless low-energy crime drama directed by Yann Demange, who made the terrific Troubles thriller ’71. The film is inspired by the story of Rick Wershe, the FBI’s youngest ever informant at 14, who helped bring down a string of drug dealers and corrupt cops in the 1980s. After being dropped by the feds, Wershe was himself arrested on cocaine charges and jailed for life at 17, his car number plate – “Snowman” – presumably a big clue for investigators. McConaughey plays his gun-lovin’ dad Rick Sr. Continue reading...

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