Regardless of what you thought of Inception (here’s my review of the film if you want to know what I thought), this South Park clip is still amusing.

Though here’s the bizarre thing: apparently, Matt Stone and Trey Parker have never even seen Inception, and they constructed this scene based upon a College Humor parody: “Inception Characters Don’t Understand Inception”. The minor controversy has been discussed in The New York Times “Arts Beat”.

Stone and Parker have apologized, though they claim that it was a kind of inadvertent plagiarism. I’m somewhat willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, because intentionally or not, it comes off something like a parody of a parody, but for–I think–one specific joke that’s outright stolen. In any event, the comedic punchlines in the South Park version are different from the ones in the College Humor video, so I don’t think it’s all that big of a deal, especially since it probably made the College Humor skit way more famous.

South Park scored a few points with me for introducing to this skit the notion often touted by Inception’s most fervent supporters that if you found the film too complex, you were merely too stupid to comprehend it. That’s the most fucking annoying thing ever.

For balance, I’ll embed the College Humor video, as well. This is also funny.