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Still shot from the movie: The Happening.

The Happening

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. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C
Violence: D
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Theater Release: 12 Jun 2008
Video Release: 07 Oct 2008
MPAA Rating: R
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

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?

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About the Reviewer: Rod Gustafson

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