New To Netflix: White Boy Rick

White Boy Rick is the shocking and almost unbelievable story of a 14-year-old FBI informant

Rick is a somewhat normal kid. At a young age and because it’s an American God-given constitutional right (which is frightening AF!), Rick knows a lot about guns. So much so, that he is able to tell apart the slight differences between a Russian AK47 and an Egyptian ripoff at a gun show and bag himself and his father some real automatic machine gun bargains.

But when his father explains to him how to upsell and make way more money, Rick takes the guns, complete with new shiny homemade silencers (made by his father) to a local drug gang. This is the beginning of his inevitable downfall.

Before we know it, Rick, at just the shocking age of 14-years-old is a key player in the local drug trade. That’s when the cops come calling.

Rick is kind-natured and not a violent wannabe thug and the cops exploit and take advantage of his kindness and naivety. He is promised the world if he can help the cops bring down the dealers. His charges will be dropped and he can try and live a normal life. But in White Boy Rick, it is the FBI who are the criminals.

White Boy Rick is 50% drug movie and 50% family drama.

The backdrop of Detroit, Michigan plays a huge part in the events that happen. Everything is closing, unemployment is rampant so people turn to whatever way they can to try and provide. It was just unfortunate that it was drugs that Rick turned to but in a way…there was nothing else.

His sister is an addict. His father, although evident that he loves them is a little crazy. We see him chasing people away from their home flashing an AK47 in the middle of the street. These were desperate times and Rick Snr was just trying to protect his daughter from depths of addiction, while at the same time carrying a world of worry on his shoulders on how he is going to provide for his family.

White Boy Rick is a story about a young man who was fucked by the system his crimes were petty (to begin with). Any other convictions were 100% of the FBI’s fault. And of course, they didn’t do anything to help him. Shocking but true.

Top performances from all the cast.

Starring Matthew McConaugheyRichie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry and Bruce Dern

Available now to stream on Netflix UK/Ireland

As always, thanks for reading.

Words by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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