White Boy Rick opens immediately into the long list of illegal and undercover activity carried out by Rick Wershe Jr. and his father. Unfortunately, the first two acts of this film focus almost entirely on Ricky Jr, who is played by Richie Merritt. An unqualified actor making his debut performance a big one. Under the pressure and talent of Matthew McConaughey, Merritt still manages to fulfill a couple of key scenes. As a two hour film though, there was too much weight for this newcomer to handle. Thankfully, the last act of the film succeeded on an emotional level for me. Helping wrap up an overwhelmingly messy start.
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