The Happening (2008)

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The Happening (2008)
Genre: Horror
Starring: Mark Wahlberg
Zooey Deschanel
John Leguizamo
Betty Buckley
Photography: Color
Release Date: June 13, 2008
Country: United States

The Happening is a 2008 American suspense/horror film directed by M. Night Shyamalan.


A high school teacher and his family try to find out what is causing people to commit mass suicide.

Bad Qualities

  1. The plot twist - that plants are causing people to commit suicide via spores - is ridiculous and makes no sense.
  2. People committing suicide with explanation is supposed to be scary, but the extremely over-the-top ways in which they do it is hard to take seriously.
  3. The dialogue is stilted, bizarre, and often laughable.
  4. Terrible directing and acting, particularly from Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel, who look and act lifeless.
  5. No one reacts realistically to the terrible things happening around them.
  6. There are a few instances where the boom mic is visible in the frame.
  7. The film's tries to deliver a message about humanity's effect on their surroundings, but it's hard to take seriously given the ridiculous plot twist.

Good Qualities

  1. The movie could actually be scary if you remove the part about the plants causing the suicides.
  2. Some of the lines are unintentionally funny (most notably Wahlberg's 'What, nooo' line).
  3. The movie's overall tone is unintentionally humorous.

Critical response

The film received mostly negative reviews, with an 18% critic rating and a 24% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, it got a 34 critic score with a 5.7 user rating, and a 3.1 on IMDB.


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15 months ago
Score 4
This is my best friend's most hated movie.

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