YMMV / Brick

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: There are multiple ways to read everybody.
  • Awesome Music: It's an odd example, but there's something deeply thrilling about Laura's calm, self-assured recitation of "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze."
  • Counterpart Comparison: Brendan is effectively a male Veronica Mars. They're both teenage private eyes in a Southern California High School-meets Film Noir setting investigating the mysterious death of a loved one and making deals with the surprisingly powerful high school gangsters. Though Brendan is more brooding and less snarky than Veronica.
  • Funny Moments: The Pin's mother serving lunch to him and Brendan, a quite jarring reminder of how old they actually are.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The cigarette on the road. Kara's "You better be sure you wanna know what you wanna know." Quite a bit of the movie, in fact.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
  • Narm / Narm Charm: The fact that the movie is a Film Noir set it in a modern-era High School, complete with 30's slang, tends to make the film polarizing. Either people can't get past the concept or the setting and tropes enhances the film.
    • For a specific example, the scene where The Pin's Mom makes Brendan breakfast kind of shatters the illusion that The Pin is a scary drug-peddling gangster and sends the movie, temporarily, into Bugsy Malone territory.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "Nine out of ten". Laura tells Brendan that Emily's baby was his.
    • The moment when Brendan finally cracks, after so long of being The Stoic. No subdued weeping or single tears here; just full-on, helpless, body-shaking sobbing while Laura holds him.
  • The Woobie:
    • Even before Emily dies, she's terrified, over her head, and without anyone she really trusts.
    • Dode died believing the girl he loved and protected had been killed by her ex while pregnant with Dode's child, and it turns out the kid probably wasn't his.
    • Brendan is more of a Jerkass Woobie, between his treatment of Emily and Kara, his cruelty to Dode, and leaving the Pin to die, but he gets put through the wringer.