YMMV: The Happening

  • Anvilicious: There's plenty of this throughout the film. "You deserve this!"
    • It also takes a pretty hardline Science Is Wrong message, with the opening lecture about the uselessness of scientific theories.
  • Deader Than Disco: While this movie was never especially popular, when it first came out it turned a profit, and wasn't nearly as hated as either Lady in the Water or The Village. Retroactively, the internet seems to have declared it Shyamalan's second worst work.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • John Leguizamo's character is the most sympathetic and the best acted in the bunch; of course, this means that he's one of the first to die. You'll probably be disappointed when you realize that the other characters aren't the Decoy Protagonist, because clearly this guy should have been the hero of this movie.
    • The bearded guy with the greenhouse who praises hotdogs is also pretty funny, and popular with many viewers. It helps that he pretty much figured out what was going on before anyone else did.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: After the news that bees are dying this film becomes less funny. Same with The Wicker Man.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "You're trying to steal my lemon drink!"
    • "What? NOOUUU..."
    • "Hey, guys!"
    • "Hot dogs get a bad rap."
  • Narm: The entire film. Particularly the lawnmower scene.
    • The scene in which the man walks into the lion enclosure, kind of waves his arm at a lioness, and it pulls off the arm like he's made of play-doh. The man then proceeds to get a lioness to do the same to the other.
    • Alma's moaning and fretting over her 'affair'... Which is revealed to have been her going out to get dessert with a co-worker while telling her husband she had to work late.
    • Alma's line "I don't like to show my emotions." It's pretty much impossible not to suspect Shyamalan threw that line in as a desperate attempt to salvage her performance.
  • Paranoia Fuel: As stupid as the plot is, trees may seem a little freaky after this movie.
    • The old man in the house who shoots the two kids. Whether or not he's being affected by the plant toxins, imagine not being able to go to near houses to ask help for fear of being shot by anyone in them.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The movie is so hilariously awful, one could think that it's really a M. Night Shaymalan satire of horror films; at one point, the characters are menaced by the wind. There's also Mark Wahlberg turning in the narmiest performance this side of Nicolas Cage in The Wicker Man.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Like many Shyamalan movies, it starts out really nice and eerie, and goes downhill once we get the (ridiculous) explanations. Unexplained mass suicides? Great, great. Caused by pissed-off plants? Not so great.
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: A milder version than usual but Mark Wahlberg as a science teacher is pretty oddball casting, and it's obvious that he feels uncomfortable in the part, especially at the beginning at the school.