Dundalk High School student Richie Merritt makes his film debut in “White Boy Rick,” playing real-life Detroit teenager Richard Wershe Jr., a gun runner-turned-FBI informant-turned-drug dealer. The real Wershe is still in jail at age 49, the longest serving non-violent juvenile drug offender in the history of Michigan.
The movie was directed by Yann Demange (“‘71”); Merritt’s co-stars include Matthew McConaughey as his father, Bel Powley as his sister and Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie as his grandparents.
Here’s a sampling of what film critics are saying about Merritt’s debut:
Peter Debruge, Variety: "The standout turn here is Merritt’s, projecting...