101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far)

If you ever imagined what would happen if Paddy Chayefsky’s 1955 classic Marty was reimagined by George Orwell and punched up by Judd Apatow, The Lobster would get you pretty damn close to the answer. Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou’s script manages to be weird, dark, and funny, but still moving. It plumbs the absurdity of human behavior and allegorizes—to brutal extremes—the immense societal pressure placed on being in a relationship. Call it Squid Game for lonely hearts.