"Brick" (2005) is a taut, dark mystery/thriller directed by Rian Johnson. It's a movie about a high school student that infiltrates a drug ring in order to investigate the possible murder of his ex-girlfriend. It's an unconventional drama/thriller based around high school characters. I especially enjoyed the clever, smart lingo employed by the Brendan and 'the Brain.' The writing (dialogue) for this film also by Rian Johnson is brilliant.
It's highly stylized and not that credible, but I like how it delves into the darker elements of high school life rather than focusing on the cheery, saccharine caricature portrayed by movies like "High School Musical." I do think the movie could have been trimmed up and the pace could have been a bit quicker, but I was in also in an impatient mood when viewing it.
A lot of the acting is melodramatic and theatrical as well but Joseph Gordon-Levitt really carries the movie as the protagonist, Brendan. Norah Zehetner also puts in a commendable while understated performance as Laura.
I liked the scene in the parking lot when Brendan confronts Tugger over seeing 'the Pin' and Tugger drives his car full-on towards Brendan and Brendan just shuts his eyes...
This movie is definitely worth a rent.