You Just Don’t Get It ‘Cos You’re Not Smart Enough

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.

6 Replies to “You Just Don’t Get It ‘Cos You’re Not Smart Enough”

  1. I’m gonna be a loser by going ahead and saying that these aren’t very funny. I’m not saying that because I liked Inception, I’m saying that because I like comedy. Couldn’t you poke fun at any film or story by presenting every story beat and subplot so quickly within the course of a minute that it sounds more confusing than it was? How is that funny?

  2. Well, I think the joke was more about how rules seemed to change arbitrarily and that when you take a moment to think about some of the plot points, you’re left with more questions than answers, despite the vast amount of exposition offered by the film. It wasn’t simply that condensing the film’s plot into a one minute recap makes it sound confusing, but rather that Inception was convoluted for the sake of being convoluted.

    I don’t know…it made me laugh, even though these weren’t particularly my complaints about the film.

  3. And as if on cue, I looked the College Humor video up on YouTube and found this in the comments section:

    “@Pivotmakerman Well people who say it’s confusing and stupid because they are stupid. Their comments don’t matter; so we can ignore their comments and stupidity and get on with our lives, enjoying more films like Inception while they can just sit in their living room watching stupid movies like Skyline.”

    It’s unsurprising that the people who think they’re so smart for understanding Inception are actually too DUMB to appreciate that there’s a difference between not understanding Inception and thinking that the film was pointlessly convoluted. You can think it was needlessly over-complicated and still have followed it.

    “@kensia I agree totally. I’ve seen far more confusing films than this. Doesn’t complexity make things more intriuging/better!?!”

    Talk about irony.

  4. You respond to being called stupid the same way Mary McFly responds to being called chicken. You better cool it before being called stupid gets you into a car accident while racing Needles, forever ending your musical career. Or something.

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