The Abridged Script
EXT. NEW YORK CITY - PARK
People walk around in the PARK while two unimportant characters have INANE DIALOGUE.
BORING CHARACTER 1
That was weird. Suddenly all of the people in this park stopped dead in their tracks and started acting like brainless robots.
BORING CHARACTER 2
Large groups of people behaving as though they have no personality whatsoever? That can only mean...
BORING CHARACTER 1
Oh shit, we're in an M. Night Shyamalan movie!
They both KILL THEMSELVES.
An M. Night Shyamalan movie! Our careers will be ruined!
EVERYONE ELSE kills themselves as well.
INT. PHILADELPHIA - CLASSROOM
MARK WAHLBERG teaches SCIENCE to a classroom full of middle school students.
Hey Mr. Wahlberg, how come bees have been dying off in record numbers lately?
Well, you see, it's an act of nature that nobody will ever understand. Those crazy scienticians will come up with something just to put it in a book, but ultimately they're just chumps.
What? Who wrote this script, Kirk Cameron?
MARK'S friend, JOHN LEQUIZAMO, enters the classroom.
Hey, a there's a suicide epidemic in New York. People think terrorists are releasing some toxin in the air that's causing people to kill themselves.
Awesome, disasters in movies tend to serve little purpose other than to unite families with problems. Perhaps this can fix my rocky marriage.
This is serious. This toxin doesn't just make you stop breathing or anything, it makes you go far, far out of your way to kill yourself in the goriest, most dramatic way possible.
To illustrate this, JOHN and MARK watch a high-resolution video on top of a color printout of a hand holding an iPhone, which depicts a guy getting lions to rip his arms off at the zoo.
Holy shit, did I really just watch a guy perform Jax's fatality on himself? Are we in Toxic Avenger 5 or something?
We need to get out of the city. Go home and get your increasingly distant wife and meet me at the train station. We need to get on a train, because if there's one place we know terrorists won't attack, it's a vehicle carrying hundreds of people.
MARK goes home to find his wife ZOOEY DESCHANEL, whose name is ZOOEY.
Hey honey, let's go to the train station to awkwardly progress the story forward without any character motivation. Or whatever. Is it lunchtime yet?
Alright, but only if I can pretend I have depth by illuminating a completely superfluous side story about a guy I met at work.
They meet JOHN and travel by train out of the CITY.
I can't get my wife on the phone. It's probably because we have Sprint, but I want to make sure. I need you to take care of my daughter while I go look for her.
No problem, I'd love to help.
I wasn't talking to you, you cum-guzzling cunt.
My apologies. I'll just politely ignore your rudeness and take care of your daughter anyway.
And I'll go ahead and not even defend my wife like the whiny little bitch I am.
It's a good thing you guys are such likable protagonists instead of, for example, completely uninteresting assholes that audiences would hate watching for two hours.
Good luck finding your wife. Make sure to drive everywhere with the windows down since we know that this is an airborne toxin, and doing so well help ensure the audience feels no sense of danger whatsoever.
He DOES, then listens to MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and CUTS HIMSELF. MARK, ZOOEY, and JOHN'S DAUGHTER find themselves with a large crowd of random strangers.
Alright everyone, it looks like this toxin is somehow targeting only large groups. Stay in small groups.
So if you're by yourself, you'll probably be alright?
It looks that way. All across the country, crazy loner shut-ins are probably doing just fine.
Good news for Sony and Microsoft.
MARK, ZOOEY, and JOHN'S DAUGHER take refuge in an abandoned house for a minute, then for some reason decide to go back outside where the DEADLY TOXINS are.
Look, I need to come clean with you. I... I had dessert with some guy I met at work.
Oh my God! Is 'dessert' some kind of euphemism for letting him take a shit in your mouth after he fucks you or something?!
Er, no. We had cheesecake.
Oh. Well I'm going to go ahead and act like it was the other thing!
MARK and ZOOEY sleepwalk their way through some more scenes as the plot progresses itself forward without their involvement.
You know, for a movie called 'The Happening,' there is surprisingly little actually happening.
No shit. Alright, Shyamalan. Where does this painfully boring roller coaster take us next?
M NIGHT SHYAMALAN
Let's see here. The next thing that happened in "War of the Worlds" was Tom Cruise finding that crazy hermit guy. I guess we should do that for a few minutes, since I'm such a fucking hack.
MARK, ZOOEY, and JOHN'S DAUGHTER try to outrun the air and eventually make it to a boarded-up HOUSE.
Hey! Let us into your fortified home! I promise that the completely mysterious toxin that nobody understands won't come in and kill you!
Fuck off! Here in this house, we done got a strict policy of not allowing entry to cast members from that shitty 'Planet of the Apes' remake, ya hear?
MARK, ZOOEY, and JOHN'S DAUGHTER locate a different CRAZY HERMIT and stay with her for a bit.
CRAZY OLD BAT
Woohoo, tiger stream junket floating can purse lily munch! Turd fighter glass breaking eardrum turnip, John!
I wonder what totally unexpected twist will happen as a result of your wackiness!
NOTHING happens, and eventually the CRAZY OLD BAT dies.
Oh. I guess her only role was to illustrate that the deadly toxin is, in fact, deadly. Go inside and close the doors and windows, Zooey.
Why? Did you seriously just ask me that? Are you watching a different movie or something? Listen up...
The fucking air. It fucking kills you. It's fucking deadly. Don't fucking breathe it. Was this script written by a fucking monkey?
Suddenly, THE HAPPENING stops HAPPENING, largely because the audience members left to go get a REFUND.
An EXPERT comes on TELEVISION to explain the movie for the benefit of any RETARDED PEOPLE in the AUDIENCE.
You see, it seems that plants became tired of the way we treat our environment, so they started releasing a deadly toxin.
Why didn't they just stop producing oxygen?
Well where's the unwatchable pile of garbage of a film in that?
I don't get it. We found out it was plants like an hour ago. Aren't M. Night Shyamalan movies supposed to have some crazy surprise at the end?
M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN
Surprise, I managed to make a movie worse than 'Lady in the Water'!