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A paranoid thriller about a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity.
© 2008 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: The Happening begins with promise, but unfortunately descends into an incoherent and unconvincing trifle.
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
Horror film is long on peril, but thin on plot.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this tense horror film is the first one from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan to earn an R rating -- and for good reason. It's loaded with violent, bloody images and is much more graphic than the PG-13 movies that have earned him a following among teens. It revolves around people falling victim to an airborne toxin that induces suicidal behavior -- consequently, there's a constant stream of self-inflicted deaths throughout the film, many of them quite graphic (falling from heights, gunshots, car crashes, heads going through windows, etc.).
A Lot or A Little?
The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Thriller
- Release Date:June 13, 2008
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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