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(Yann De­mange) con­denses an 80s-era fact-based story about a teenager who was both drug dealer and FBI in­for­mant into fleet and heart­felt en­ter­tain­ment. The movie fills in ev­ery­thing you need to know about the char­ac­ters and their crush­ing so­cial en­vi­ron­ment in tex­tures and at­ti­tude, witty ban­ter and au­then­tic feel­ing. With his shaggy head of hair and the faint whis­per of a mus­tache, a fan­tas­tic Richie Mer­rit plays Richard Wer­she Jr., dubbed “White Boy Rick,” as a scrappy and slick teen who seems to wish he had the room to be im­ma­ture. Rick grows up broke in Detroit with a ten­der and re­source­ful but also weak­willed fa­ther (Matthew McConaughey) and a junkie sis­ter (Bel Pow­ley). When he finds him­self ma­neu­ver­ing be­tween the FBI and his crack-sling­ing as­so­ciates, Rick’s white­ness, and the ad­van­tage that gives him, doesn’t go un­no­ticed. The movie shows it with­out dwelling on it, leav­ing us to de­bate the pol­i­tics of a wild and in­crim­i­nat­ing sit­u­a­tion as it hus­tles along. 111 min. NNNN (Rad­heyan Si­mon­pil­lai)

Richie Mer­ritt (left) and Matthew McConaughey do the hus­tle.

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