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White Boy Rick is Same Old Story with Real Life Twist


What would you say if I told you a 15-year-old boy from Detroit sold drug for the federal government and lived to tell the tale?  You would say it was a made up Hollywood movie right?  It is a Hollywood movie, but far from made up.  Richard Wershe, Jr. is know as the youngest FBI informant in history, was a drug dealer who mastered and manipulated the very system that left him hanging out to dry and sentenced to life.

White Boy Rick isn’t any different from the stories you see on the news about numerous men of color going to prison…except the person going to prison and being betrayed by the forces in society meant to protect him this time is a white dude.

Yann Demange is the perfect person to direct such a film, as he is not American and has no  pre-conceived bias.  Born in Paris, raised in London and never having approached a biopic, Demange’s lens was less clouded than other filmmakers in his lane who who’ve approached this true-story.

Yet, the unique storytelling perspective that Yann brings to White Boy Rick focuses on the familial unit.  Father and Son.  Father and Daughter.  Focusing on the gritty, unglamorous perspective of watching a father save his daughter out of a crack house kicking and screaming.  Focusing on how even though Johnny Curry  controls the city  through his various illegal activities, he serves as the “father” of a community that involves his cronies, Rick Jr. and even his wife (who is the Mayor of Detroit’s daughter).

Dreams come in all colors, shapes and sizes from all lanes of people in life.  The Wershe’s dreamt of a world where money flowed, drugs were a non-entity and life would resemble a Dickens novel.

Be not the lookout for interviews from Yann Damange, Matthew McConaughey (Rick Wershe, Sr., Jonathan Majors (Johnny ‘Lil Man’ Curry), Bel Powley (Dawn Wershe)and Richie Merritt (Rick Mershe, Jr).  In the meantime,  judge for yourself as White Boy Rick hits theaters TODAY – September 14th.


I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch), African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY, RogerEbert.com, Maltin on Movies, The Cherry Picks, IGN Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Sundays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'


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