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 16+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 9 reviews

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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.
age 17+

Trippy, great

Man. So. This movie is a trip and a half but so dang good. I can't say a lot about it without spoiling it but, give it a watch. I will say it has quite a bit of gory violence, and some sexual content, and the movie definitely isn't aimed at kids but, man is it excellent.

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