The most appealing thing about White Boy Rick is that it is based on a true story. That and McConaughey’s mullet and mustache, which he should keep for every movie he ever makes going forward. I am sure his performance in this movie is praise-worthy, but I don’t think my eyes ever left his mullet. Either way, he is definitely the highlight of White Boy Rick.
When dealing with a true story, you are given a set of actual events and expected not to deviate much. Telling an engaging story using those events is what makes a good director. Director Yann Demange isn’t quite there yet. There is a lot going on in White Boy Rick, however, I couldn’t help but feel a bit bored. The characters are interesting and the story is one worth telling. It is the execution that is lacking.