April 7th, 2006



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Still of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Nora Zehetner in BrickStill of Lukas Haas and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in BrickEmilie de Ravin at event of BrickStill of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in BrickStill of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in BrickStill of Emilie de Ravin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Brick

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.5/10 (48,413 voted)

Critic's Score: 72/100

Director: Rian Johnson

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin

The lonely teenager Brendan finds his former girlfriend Emily dead in the entrance of a tunnel of sewage and recalls her phone call two days ago, when she said to him that she was in trouble. Brendan, who still loved Emily, met bad elements of his high-school trying to contact her, and when he succeeded, she told him that she was OK. He hides her body in the tunnel and decides to investigate the meaning and connection of four words, including "brick" and "pin", that Emily told him to find who killed her. Using the support of his nerd friend Brain, he successively meets the small time drug dealers Kara, Dode, Brad Bramish, Laura and Tugger, to reach the teenager powerful drug dealer The Pin. Slowly, Brendan unravels the motives why Emily was killed and plots a revenge.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Brendan
Nora Zehetner - Laura
Lukas Haas - The Pin
Noah Fleiss - Tugger
Matt O'Leary - The Brain
Emilie de Ravin - Emily (as Emilie De Ravin)
Noah Segan - Dode
Richard Roundtree - Assistant V.P. Trueman
Meagan Good - Kara
Brian White - Brad Bramish
Jonathan Cauff - Biff
Reedy Gibbs - Pin's Mom
Lucas Babin - Big Stoner
Tracy Wilcoxen - Straggler
Ari Welkom - Tangles (as Ari Velkom)

Taglines: A detective story.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 7 April 2006

Filming Locations: San Clemente, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $475,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $83,574 (USA) (2 April 2006)

Gross: $2,060,589 (USA) (9 July 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Rian Johnson wrote the original screenplay in 1997. It took him six years in order to fund the project.

Continuity: Brendan calling number on "Halloween in January" party invitation found on Kara's dressing room mirror, his Timex wrist watch reads 10.45, while the background digital alarm reads approx. 11:53.

[first lines]
[Brendan answers the pay phone]
Emily: Brendan.
Brendan Frye: Emily.
Emily: Yeah-h... How's things?
Brendan Frye: Status quo.

User Review

extremely enjoyable and unique film!

Rating: 9/10

OK...I have never actually commented on a movie on IMDb, but this movie was so great I really felt I had to let people know about it. When I first read the synopsis of Brick at Sundance I was immediately interested in seeing it. "Film Noir set in a high school." I started hearing really terrible reviews of it and almost did not go until the very last day I could. I am so glad I did. It is a very unique film, such a refreshing one for people who have seen it all. So if you want something new and different you will definitely enjoy this. Others may find it is too over-the top for them--it took me several minutes to understand what the characters were even saying at first, in their language that mixed old film noir slang with the new generation of slang. Its very dark and the sound design will even make a person feel uneasy. The director linked sound and image in ways I have never seen, completely enthralling me from beginning to end. This movie is not a relaxing ride. oh! but there are great comedic and ironic moments as well! I think a lot of the criticism I heard of this film was that it was too incomprehensible and unbelievable. I personally really got into the world of this film and it had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. It was so enjoyable to buy into the rules of the film noir/high school drama world and its characters. I did not even recognize the lead character as that kid from 3rd Rock until the end! I hated 3rd Rock, but I absolutely loved and believed in his character here. I loved it! One of my top picks at Sundance this year. sorry I have never written a review...I hope this reveals something about the movie. I really, really hope that it gets released soon! It is one of those interesting movies that could really be a cult classic.


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