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The Happening


Jun 12, 2008

Latest Home Video

Oct 07, 2008

MPAA Rating



Mark Wahlberg
Zooey Deschanel
M. Night Shyamalan.


Twentieth Century Fox

Still shot from the movie: The Happening.

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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.

Content Details

Why Is The Happening Rated R?

The Happening is rated R for violent and disturbing images.

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in The Happening...

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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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.

Canadian Movie Ratings

Not Rated Violence, Gory Scenes.
AB Not Rated Gory Scenes.
MB Not Rated Not Recommended For Children. Mature Theme, Disturbing Content.-----
QC Not Rated
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of The Happening...

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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