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Overall C

Something strange is happening in the eastern United Sates. It appears that a deadly plague is sweeping across the country. Although they can't quite get a grasp on how devastating this problem may be, Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife (Zooey Deschanel) flee their home in a desperate race to outpace the mysterious epidemic.

Violence D
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B-
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: R for violent and disturbing images.

Talk to your kids about…

The Happening

M. Night Shyamalan uses colors in his films as themes. For example, the color red was a cue in The Sixth Sense. What is the predominant color in this movie? What message do you think he was trying to convey with this choice?

How does the use of everyday situations or objects to create terror leave you thinking about a movie afterwards? Why are the mundane things in life sometimes more terrifying than fantastical situations?