When a secret crush turns up dead and the murderer is anyone's guess, teenage loner Brendan Fry is forced to navigate his school's social network through intense interactions with thespians, band geeks and druggies.
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- Rian Johnson
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Brick is a highly stylized crime drama, wherein a teen detective tries to solve a case involving murder and cocaine. There is some strong violence, mostly punching and fighting, though characters are stabbed and shot (with blood shown). Teen pregnancy is discussed. A secondary character is a drug dealer, and though a "brick" of cocaine is shown, characters are not seen using drugs or high on drugs.
- Sexual Content
- There's some discussion of a teen girl being pregnant, and some background kissing is shown.
- Most of the violence here consists of teens beating each other up. One violent character called "Tug" especially uses his fists for everything. A dead body is shown. The main character gets his face bloodied and bruised and is knocked unconscious. A character is stabbed, with blood shown. Guns are drawn, and one character is shot and killed. An intense climactic scene is depicted through sounds of screaming, fighting, and shooting, though nothing is shown.
- The movie's highly stylized language leaves very little room for vulgar words, but "damn," "hell," and "butt" can be heard roughly once each. A character mutters something that sounds like "s--t" under his breath in one scene; it may pass by unnoticed.
- Social Behavior
- A teen tries to solve a crime, but it's likely that his motivations are more selfish than having to do with the greater good.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A secondary character is a drug dealer, and most of the characters in the film either work for him or associate with him. Some minor characters are said to be drug users, but no one is seen actually using or high on drugs. A "brick" of cocaine is shown. An unseen character is said to have died from taking "bad" drugs.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it