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Narm / The Happening

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  • At one point, Elliot decides to attempt diplomacy with a plant. When it doesn't reply, he feels compelled to touch it, presumably to check its pulse.
    Plastic. I'm talking to a plastic plant. I'm still doing it.
  • "What? Nooooo..."
  • "What kind of terrorists are these?"
    • Lady, they're lions.
  • "Why you eyein' my lemon drink?"
  • "Cheese and Crackers."
  • "I went up and asked her where the cough syrup was. I didn't even have a cough. And I almost bought it. I'm talking about a completely superfluous bottle of cough syrup, which costs like six bucks."
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  • Elliot singing "Black Water" by The Doobie Brothers in order to prove they're "perfectly normal". Spencer Breslin's unintentional Aside Glance just seals the deal.
  • One man commits suicide by lying underneath a lawnmower.
  • In general, Zooey Deschanel's mannequin-esque performance as Alma, staring dead eyed wherever, whenever.
  • This hilarious exchange:
    Alma: We can't just stand here as uninvolved observers!
    Elliot: Gimme a second, okay, just gimme a second!
    Alma: We're not gonna be one of those assholes on the news that watches a crime happen and not do something, we're not assholes!
    Elliot: Just a second!
    Unnamed Woman: There were children in that group!
    Alma: Elliot, please tell us what to do!
  • A lot of the deaths can be unintentionally hilarious, such as the suicidal car accident, which goes from a dead stop in the middle of the street to speeding into a tree.
  • During class, Elliot tries to encourage a bored student to invest himself more in his lessons. Why? Because his face is perfect. For bonus laughs, a girl to the left of Elliot responds as if she's thinking '...what on Earth are you talking about?'
  • Julian’s suicide after surviving another driver’s suicidal car crash is supposed to be heartbreaking for the viewer, but the scene plays out so deadpan (right after the driver’s fatal car crash, Julian walks right out of the wreckage as if nothing had happened, plops down and uses the car’s broken glass to slit his wrists) that it is almost comedic.
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  • Alma’s moaning and fretting over her ‘affair’… which is revealed to have been her telling Elliot she had to work late, only to go out for dessert with a colleague.
  • Alma’s line “I don’t like to show my emotions.” It’s very hard not to suspect that Shyamalan added that line as a desperate attempt to salvage her performance.
  • Alma's line: "It makes you kill yourself. Just when you thought there couldn't be any more eeevil that could be invented."
  • Another one from Alma: "We can't just stand here as uninvolved observers!"
  • Both lead performances are full of odd enunciation and bad acting. While some might debate Deschanel’s ability, Wahlberg is usually respectable, which can lead the audience to wonder if they were just struggling with the script.
  • This alternate opening is pure unintentional comedy gold. It starts with Elliot walking into Alma's room with a box of Honey Crunch cereal and Alma throwing a ceramic doll at him. Particularly entertaining is Alma's line "How can you be sure? I almost hurt you. My God, I almost hurt you, soon you'll find severed body parts of strangers in the freezer Elliot, this is how it starts!", an awkward segue into a discussion of rocky road ice cream, and Alma seeing a man urinating in their garbage when she leaves the house the next day. It works really well with a Laugh Track.

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