Administration billionaires, like Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, said lunkheaded
things (such as, Why can't they get a loan?).
'Bumblebee,' for its part, has just enough wit, playfulness and charm to develop a voice of its own, which is no small thing in the context of a flashy, lunkheaded
studio franchise (albeit one whose commercial supremacy is no longer a certainty).
At the New York Observer, writer Rex Reed felt the film was a sinking ship, stating that "The more I try to find some kind of justifiable meaning and relevance, the more I find 'The Shape of Water' a loopy, lunkheaded
load of drivel." Meanwhile, at Slant Magazine, critic Chuck Bowen found the film's characterization lacking, its actors "boxed into archetypical roles", concluding ultimately that "For all its conceits, themes, and symbols, 'The Shape of Water' fails to impart a sense that its antique tropes have been adopted for a purpose." Looming over the movie is another negative cloud, this time coming from David Zindel, who has filed a lawsuit against Del Toro and Fox Searchlist on the grounds of plagiarism.
He endures her numbingly pretentious dilations on psychoanalysis, allowing himself the admiring, lunkheaded
observation, "You must get good marks in school" (489).
Such macho bonding rites recur in The Hurt Locker, where the soldiers spend their downtime trading punches to the gut in a lunkheaded
scene that resembles some nightmarish hybrid of Jackass and Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999).
Yet a distinctly current engagement with identity politics colors and complicates Nicholas Stoller's rampantly rude, rowdy sequel to 2014's squares-vs.-students farce: With sly sorority girls having replaced lunkheaded
fratboys as the collective nemesis of Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne's harried, hip-no-more homeowners, the film has a knowingly conflicted engagement with millennial-generation feminism that freshens its outlook even as it unevenly rejigs many of its predecessor's gags.