In a nutshell... In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
I am thankful that I married and had kids before the social media age. Being half of an aspirational couple or being single-by-choice seems increasingly urgent and important. Technology facilitates this, of course. Dating apps do away with the practical constraints that once gave us cover. Social media platforms pressure us to state and justify our current status. While The Lobster only makes oblique reference to these aggravating factors, it brilliantly skewers the attitudes society has towards being single (or not), and the reckless choices we can make as a result.
The Lobster brims with originality while being both surreal and coherent. It takes place in a tightly mapped-out fictional world that is disturbing yet frequently laugh-out-loud funny in its absurdity.
You believe that romantic comedies by Richard Curtis teach us valuable life lessons.