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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

The Happening is rated R: for violent and disturbing images.

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, M. Night Shyamalan.
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox

Detailed Review

M. Night Shyamalan is known for his ability to use the mundane to create extraordinary suspense. The problem is he is so well recognized for this technique, along with his… 
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Why Is The Happening Rated R?

This thriller’s biggest issue for parents are the depictions of various people taking their own… 
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M. Night Shyamalan uses colors in his films as themes. For example, the color red… 
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