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Four Emagine group theaters in suburban Detroit will screen "White Boy Rick" on Thursday night, a day before its national release. The sites are in Rochester Hills, Novi, Canton and Macomb Township.
The R-rated feature film is based on the real-life saga of 1980s teen drug dealer and federal informant Richard Wershe Jr. from Detroit's east side. (Scenes and interviews are in a video below.)
Tickets for seven advance showings are available as part of a free Emagine Loyalty Rewards program. New members can join here.
Here are links to buy tickets for each special screening Thursday:
- Canton: 7:10 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. ($10, or $7.50 seniors)
- Macomb Township: 7 p.m. ($10, or $9 student)
- Novi: 7:30 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. ($10, or $8 seniors)
- Rochester Hills: 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ($11, or $9 seniors)
"White Boy Rick" stars newcomer Richie Merritt as a young Detroit hustler and Matthew McConaughey as his dad. It was shown Sept. 7 at the Toronto Film Fesrival, where McConaughey spoke afterward.
"Merritt plays his character with a surprising dose of innocence," writes festival attendee Sharon Waxman at The Wrap, a movie news site.
The movie is a convincing prelude to the inner city nightmare of today: Guns abound. Criminals shoot up parties and bars. Kids watching TV in their living rooms end up dead.
Director Yann Demange uses darkly lit interiors and a thumping background bass to create the daily tension that accompanies chronic poverty, and not-so-occasional killings of neighbors and friends. It’s to his credit that he lets the scenes play out in a way that feels unforced.
The real-life Wershe was paroled in July 2017 after 29 years in prison and is finishing a Florida term for being part of a stolen car ring. His current release date is 2021.
Here's a four-minute studio "featurette" about the film and its production: