The Happening parents guide

The Happening

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.

Release date June 12, 2008

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

Why is The Happening rated R? The MPAA rated The Happening R for violent and disturbing images.

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The Happening
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Happening rated R? The Happening is rated R by the MPAA for violent and disturbing images.

This thriller’s biggest issue for parents are the depictions of various people taking their own lives with a variety of methods, like shooting themselves with guns, stabbings with pointed objects and falling from buildings. Some of these are particularly explicit, for instance lions in a zoo bite off a man’s arms. Another character lies down in front of a large lawnmower, and we see the mower driving over him. Another scene shows two young people being killed by a person with a shotgun—one of the shootings is seen on screen. There are many moments of peril and tension, including “jump” scenes. A number of mild profanities are heard along with terms of deity. A mild sexual comment is heard.

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The Happening
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated Violence, Gory Scenes.
Alberta Not Rated Gory Scenes.
Manitoba Not Rated Not Recommended For Children. Mature Theme, Disturbing Content.-----
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A

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News About "The Happening"

Cast and Crew

The Happening is directed by and stars Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, M. Night Shyamalan..

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Happening movie is October 7, 2008. Here are some details…

The Happening happens on with a making-of documentary (Visions of The Happening), four featurettes (covering everything from a day-in-the-life of Night to special effects), deleted scenes (with introductions from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan) and a gag reel.

The Happening is also available on Blu-ray Disc. This version offers all of the above mentioned extras, plus a digital copy of the movie, and more featurettes.

Audio tracks are provided in 5.1 Dolby Surround (English) and Dolby Surround (Spanish and French), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.

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M. Night Shyamalan, the writer and director of this film, has helmed several other films in the suspense thriller/supernatural genre. These include: The Sixth Sense, The Village, Lady in the Water and Signs. In the movie The Invasion, something mysterious is infecting people and turning them into zombie-like creatures.