- Alternative Character Interpretation: There are multiple ways to read everybody. For starters, was Laura telling the truth when she said that Brendan was the father of Emily's child?
- 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."
- 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.
- He Really Can Act: This film was a strong push in Levitt's efforts to move beyond his sitcom heritage and into the realm of serious, edgy film roles.
- Narm: Some people just can't get on board the concept of a noir set in a high school. Some visual elements don't precisely help, like Pin's frock coat and cane, which are commented by nobody in the entire film.
- Tear Jerker:
- 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.
YMMV / Brick