Parents' Guide to

Brick

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Smart, stylized teen whodunit with violence and drugs.

Movie R 2006 110 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Exceptionally well-made modern noir

I watched this with my 14 year old son. Honestly, if this film were made in the 1940's, we would probably be studying it in film classes. The performances are top-notch, the story is thoroughly engaging, and the violence, although realistic, is never gratuitous. The story centers around a murdered teen with Joseph Gordon Levitt determined to find out what led to her death. The protagonist is an obsessive loner. He's not a traditional hero because he's patterned on figures like Sam Spade and Mike Hammer. This is a first film from director Rian Johnson who's best known as the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. For my money, Brick is a much better film.

Is It Any Good?

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Rian Johnson made his writing and directing debut with this remarkably unique item -- an old-fashioned, stylized detective film transplanted intact to a modern high school setting. The dialogue in BRICK is the high point, mixing antique terminology and made-up slang with extreme conviction and coolness. The characters seem to have evolved to play certain kinds of roles in this enclosed universe; no two are alike, though each knows exactly what he or she wants.

Some viewers will no doubt be put off by the oddness of it all, and the stoic way the characters behave toward one another. But for the patient, a few very satisfying moments of tenderness provide entry points. Above all, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is onscreen almost all the time, gives an extraordinarily confident performance, channeling classic movie tough guys, but with his own personal touch: his floppy hair, glasses, and hands permanently clenched inside his jacket pockets tell volumes about him.

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