The Lobster

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Sex, violence in mature romantic drama's dystopian future.

R 2016 118 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 18+
As a fellow Art House Filmmaker myself, I can tell you that this film is for a particular type of person. It is requires a stable mind. It is not in any way for children and should be kept that way. The film is full of dark humour which is guided at Adults only. Almost all of it contains themes that you must be mature in yourself to understand and accept. The performances are magnificently amazing and extraordinarily casted. There are moments of extreme violence and disturbance. It also contains brief moments of strong sexual themes including direct intercourse and dialogue. The whole film is a Surreal insight into how love is pressured today, and I would definitely recommend it to certain people. Children shouldn't see this, and not just because it's violent and sexual but almost all of it is quite slow and contains themes that only Adults would understand. BOTTOM LINE: This film is not for children whatsoever but is brilliant for adults. It requires a mature mind and deep understanding of Adulthood. As a filmmaker I have seen this film at least 5 times and have enjoyed pulling it apart and trying to make sense of it. I thank you all for your time and I hope this review has been helpful.

This title has:

Educational value
Too much violence
Too much sex
age 18+

Look beyond the movie, actually 21 and older

This is not what you might think. It is shocking and awkwardly interesting and disturbing at the same time. The monotone setting where people accept their fate when they do not have a mate is unsettling. However, one must look beyond to see the message. We are nothing without a partner, without a mate. I kept watching as I was intrigued to see where the storyline would lead. This is not a family night movie or a movie to watch for a relaxing evening. It is intense and not in a thriller kind of way. At times mundane and boring yet you want to continue watching to see where it goes. It is grossly satirical. People's acceptance of this dystopian society wants you to cry out, "does anyone want to stop this madness?". Everyone succumbs to the societal norms. It makes you want to cry out as a watcher. This film is for those who can delve deeper into society and think not to entertain per se. you find yourself rooting for falling in love in the traditional sense. It was not one of my favorite movies.

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