‘South Park’ does ‘Inception’

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  • 1 10-21-2010 at 11:17 am

    al b. said...

    I knew they were gonna rip Inception at some point! The Hasselbeck line had me nearly crying with laughter, the whole episode did really!

  • 2 10-21-2010 at 12:20 pm

    James said...

    One of their better episodes in recent memory. Love that film and regardless of what Matt Stone and Trey Parker actually think of the flick(they might have had some problems with it), I thought this episode was consistently funny.

  • 3 10-21-2010 at 12:35 pm

    James D. said...

    Is that what Inception is really like?

  • 4 10-21-2010 at 12:41 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    James D- Inception isn’t a movie. It’s a $200 mil advertisement for an idea Christopher Nolan had and wants us to know is really, really cool.

  • 5 10-21-2010 at 12:48 pm

    tony rock said...

    James D, don’t listen to Chad, he’s just angry that people aren’t as bitter and hard to please as he is.

  • 6 10-21-2010 at 1:12 pm

    red_wine said...

    “It’s so complex it’s cool.”

    “Just because an idea is overly convoluted and complex doesn’t make it cool. Going to multiple dream levels sounds like a really stupid idea.”

    “You just don’t get it coz you’re not smart enough.”

    :D :D :D What a hoot! Somehow this is like a perfect commentary on how conversation about this movie ranges.

  • 7 10-21-2010 at 1:29 pm

    Drew said...

    Didn’t think it was that good of an ep but it had it’s moments.

    “Hold on, you provide the logic, I’ll provide the background” (mimcs Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack)

  • 8 10-21-2010 at 1:41 pm

    James D. said...

    Tony Rock, I agree with Chad nine times out of ten. I was waiting for the DVD.

  • 9 10-21-2010 at 2:38 pm

    Jim T said...

    It’s good but it uses the same idea as collegehumour did and I liked the latter’s satyr more.

  • 10 10-21-2010 at 2:58 pm

    Andrej said...

    Dunno… as an Inception parody it wasn’t really interesting. I felt they missed several oportunities to mock the movie around but they only got as far as to the first dream.

    Last week’s South Park was better.

  • 11 10-21-2010 at 3:31 pm

    Speaking English said...

    “South Park” is just awful nowadays. Wish they would stop making it.

  • 12 10-21-2010 at 3:39 pm

    Andrew M said...

    I don’t think it was that complicated…

  • 13 10-21-2010 at 3:51 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Were there really that many people who had trouble following/understanding Inception? It really, truly wasn’t all that complicated.

  • 14 10-21-2010 at 3:57 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    The joke is not that the movie is complicated, but that it doesn’t make any sense and is unnecessarily convoluted.

  • 15 10-21-2010 at 4:12 pm

    Silencio said...

    I think the satire could have showed more and told less. But i’m not a big South Park person anyway. i’ll bet The Simpsons would have done something hilarious with Inception.

  • 16 10-21-2010 at 4:52 pm

    Bobmcbob said...

    does anyone actually think that “South Park” is funny?

  • 17 10-21-2010 at 5:05 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    Color me underwhelmed. South Park is better at social commentary than mocking pop culture phenomenons.

  • 18 10-21-2010 at 5:24 pm

    James D. said...

    Bobmcbob: I have been on a South Park binge recently. First twelve seasons are on Netflix. Also, I did not catch this one last night, but the Jersey Shore episode is hilarious. With Curb Your Enthusiasm on hiatus, it is probably my favorite current show.

  • 19 10-21-2010 at 5:31 pm

    Bill_the_Bear said...

    That was the most boring thing I’ve seen in since the full-length “True Grit” trailer.

  • 20 10-21-2010 at 6:31 pm

    Sean C. said...

    My favourite bits were them randomly shooting everywhere and the ending, which after reading about a million different theories about what kind of inception was going on, hit just the right note.

  • 21 10-21-2010 at 6:45 pm

    Tom Houseman said...

    Between South Park ripping on Inception and Community ripping on Synecdoche, New York, I’m pretty sure that I can die happy now.

  • 22 10-21-2010 at 6:47 pm

    Drew said...

    As much as I enjoyed, and at certain moments even admired aspects of Inception, there are times where it is impossible to defend its glaringly obvious flaws that friends of mine either don’t see or simply ignore saying that they weren’t flaws they were just “there.” Thankfully, this episode, though it’s continents away from the best of the series, manages to make fun of all the issues I had with Inception. And through satire, it probably even explains them a little better then I can.

  • 23 10-21-2010 at 7:08 pm

    Rashad said...

    The deeper levels are explained in the film, and are holes to you simply because you want to find holes.

  • 24 10-21-2010 at 7:21 pm

    drbenway said...

    I would much rather filmmakers going for it and not quite getting there than the kind of perpetual mediocrity in cinema we’d be living with if there only existed the sorts of movies people like Chad Hartigan want to see.

  • 25 10-21-2010 at 7:32 pm

    Patriotsfan said...

    I love South Park and I loved last night’s episode. I actually liked Inception, but it wasn’t nearly as good as some people said, and my problems with the film are the exact problems that the episode made fun of (the movie was to in love with its own concept). On the bright side for Christopher Nolan, at least they didn’t show him raping any of the characters.

  • 26 10-21-2010 at 7:35 pm

    BK said...

    drbenway: Agreed. If Hollywood is going to continue making big-budget blockbusters (and you know they are), I would take Inception over pointless, mind-numbing movies like Transformers 2 any day.

  • 27 10-21-2010 at 7:44 pm

    Joe said...

    These Inception spoofs are getting less and less funny.
    On the one hand, I understand that the movie is unnecessarily complex. But it isn’t that hard to understand, and it does end up making sense (mostly).
    I don’t get it; we complain when a movie is mindless, and ask for more intelligent filmmaking. Then Inception comes out, and the complaint is that it makes you think too much. What do we want, people?

  • 28 10-21-2010 at 8:02 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    This is likely a pointless argument. I also applaud and support any filmmaker going for it and missing the mark. That’s why Warner Bros. got my $10 for Inception. That’s also why Transformers and Iron Mans don’t get my $10.

    But now that I’ve seen the movie, I can safely argue that it’s not smart and it’s not difficult to understand. It’s dumb and it tries to gloss over how dumb it is by constantly reminding you how smart it is. That’s what the South Park spoof and I are saying.

  • 29 10-21-2010 at 8:37 pm

    Scott W. said...

    Right on Joe.

    Going into a second viewing of Inception, I, just like I’m guessing many others were, was looking to get a better grasp on the different levels and technicalities the film tells the story through. But luckily as the School of Life would have it, a friend and I were debating an issue the other day, specifically how he felt that alcoholics were simply always cowards running away from their problems unable to deal with them through logical sobriety. While I didn’t wholly disagree, I told him that sometimes man must endure minute spells of comfort amongst madness in order to survive.

    Back to Inception, the second viewing allowed me to understand the magnitude and sad beauty of Cobb’s relationship with Mal. And yes, I know some people will say that they easily saw that the first time, and I’m not saying it flew by me, but with all the marketing and publicity prior to its release, I think most people get too entranced and tangled up in the logic of the film, which inevitably leads to pointing out perceived fallacies.

    Several times in the film the characters note how Cobb often does things he tells others never to do. But I think when viewed more sympathetically and as someone kin to an addict, Cobb’s character depth dramatically increases. Again, the film’s advertising as a cool flashy James Bond is not accurate.

    I’m not saying that this IS the way to interpret Inception, and you don’t have to like it, because the fact is I share many of the concerns, if you will, of the people saying it has plot holes and logical fallacies. I really don’t understand why people have to scope films such as this like they are investigating a crime; analyzing every single detail. It may be apologetic, but treating this film like a maze will likely lead to stepping directly over the most touching points of the movie because you are focused on what I feel is the setting, or backdrop of the movie.

    BTW South Park is hilarious and the episode was awesome.

  • 30 10-21-2010 at 8:54 pm

    austin111 said...

    I see myself as an intelligent and adventurous film goer. I’ve no patience with movies that I think are dumb or silly, unexciting or just plain lacking. I imagine Chad H. sees himself in the same way except he may be on the younger side, I suppose. Personally, I enjoyed my two viewings of Inception — the second moreso. Everything came into sharper focus and I found it emotionally involving as well and certainly not dumb. For a large summer piece, it was exceptional, imo, but yeah, you can make an argument that just about anything is dumb depending on how lacking in expansiveness your particular viewpoint may be. That’s what I’m saying.

  • 31 10-21-2010 at 11:20 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    @Chad – Sorry for enjoying a movie that was well-written, directed, produced, and acted, and infinitely better than the rest of the dreck we got leading up to it’s release, as well as daring to be different and original. But I guess since it wasn’t a mumblecore masterpiece about 28 year olds trying to find themselves while smoking cigarettes and drinking wine, it wasn’t up to your standards of excellence, making it dumb. I guess I missed them memo where the lack of said qualities made a movie dumb. My mistake.

  • 32 10-22-2010 at 12:28 am

    Everett said...

    “it tries to gloss over how dumb it is”

    Classic sci-fi. Shelley’s Frankenstein, HG Wells’ Time Machine, any utopian fiction (Morris: News From Nowhere, Orwell: 1984, Chesterton: Napoleon of Notting Hill, etc). Any time science is involved with writers, they gloss over stuff. Why? Because they have no idea how science works.

    But ask a scientist to write a script. I guarantee you, the script is going to suck.

  • 33 10-22-2010 at 12:36 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    You guys can call me names and knock my taste all you want.

    But this is the problem with independent cinema today. It’s not considered cool to like it. And I’m not talking about “The Kids Are All Right” or “500 Days of Summer” because those are as far from independent as “G.I. Joe”. I go to see arthouse films all the time in LA and it’s always me and a handful of old people. I say “Inception” is dumb and you think I’m a dickhead because you are comparing it to “Jonah Hex”, while I’m comparing it to “Alamar”.

    I don’t think that makes me a dickhead. And I bet that handful of old people that saw it with me probably like it better than “Inception” too.

  • 34 10-22-2010 at 12:43 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    And as for “mumblecore”-

    There are dozens of fantastic American independent films playing at festivals every year that will never see the light of day in theaters because they don’t have the help of an arbitrary media coined term to lead buzz to get them there. Don’t blame the filmmakers for making something that fell into those guidelines and getting a boost so that we can enjoy or not enjoy their work on a wider scale. And for the record, I enjoy and don’t enjoy mumblecore movies with the same batting percentage as almost any other genre.

  • 35 10-22-2010 at 12:55 am

    (The Real)Dan said...

    Woo hoo! Go Chad! I always knew I liked you!

    (with that said, you better like The Lord of the Rings, Chadders….)

  • 36 10-22-2010 at 1:15 am

    Kevin K. said...

    As I’ve always maintained, it’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it (goes for anyone). Dissenting from popular opinion is not what gets people upset, it’s doing so in a very condescending fashion that pisses people off. Food for thought.

  • 37 10-22-2010 at 1:21 am

    ann said...

    i agree with chad that everyone has the right to their opinion . Anyway i really liked inception a lot, it’s is one of my favourite film of year, and agree with the others that it is better than half the crap recycled in hollywood. I thought the writing for inception was clever, i mean honestly imagine trying to come up with the that, and trying to make a movie out it. i saw the exposition part as a risk that christopher nolan took which many writer would have shied away from, and i enjoyed it. For the south park episode, i didn’t really think it was that funny, expect the score part. I mean they had some jokes they could have used instead of focusing on the complexity of the film.

  • 38 10-22-2010 at 1:29 am

    Kevin K. said...

    I did like the joke about the trailer music and Zimmer’s score, even though I love both to death. But overall just a boring, meh episode. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a funnier South Park episode than the Somalian Pirates episode.

  • 39 10-22-2010 at 8:54 am

    Kyle said...

    “But ask a scientist to write a script. I guarantee you, the script is going to suck.”

    A-freaking-men…Case in point: Primer, what a piece of crap.

  • 40 10-22-2010 at 9:18 am

    red_wine said...

    This is the raw true power of Inception. It makes people think they are smart and part of a club which knows the value of good cinema. All dissenters are either faking it, uncool or unworthy of proper consideration or attention.

    I haven’t seen much this year. But I have easily seen two dozen better films than Inception. I would like to think that I am more adventurous than most and seek out movies other than mainstream American cinema. But even I err on the side of seeking out critically acclaimed smaller movies. There is great cinema out there, made for less than the budget of catering in Inception’s premier party and which are not widely discussed, and I would love to sample it if I have the opportunity. These are gaping holes in my film-viewing that I cannot help but feel the presence of and that I would like to cover sooner or later.

  • 41 10-22-2010 at 9:53 am

    Scott W. said...

    I still don’t see where people are coming from saying that the movie glosses over itself and points out how cool and complex it is. Most, if not all, of the explaining the film did about itself was DiCaprio or Gordon-Levitt telling Ellen Page how the dream world functions. How the hell else is she supposed to know what’s happening. Certainly, it may be slightly over-dramatic at times, especially the opening scene, but no more so than any other movie (true independents included).

    And Chad, I’m pretty sure you can’t safely argue that it is a dumb movie. Maybe some people have said that it’s the most intelligent and complex movie ever, but I, and most of the conversation I’ve heard, don’t claim that. But it is imaginative and fairly well executed.

  • 42 10-22-2010 at 10:06 am

    Dave said...

    My god they STILL make new episodes of South Park? It is not 1997 anymore. It is almost 2011. PATHETIC!

  • 43 10-22-2010 at 2:26 pm

    Kyle said...

    Say what you will, but I can’t think of one movie I enjoyed this year more than Inception, that includes The Social Network, Winter’s Bone, Never Let Me Go, Nowhere Boy, Toy Story 3, The Kids Are Alright, The Town and Animal Kingdom, half of which I enjoyed, the others I was just ehhh on. I mean, sorry if that makes me some kind of zombie or troglodyte.

  • 44 10-23-2010 at 4:27 am

    Graysmith said...

    So this spoof above was more or less lifted straight from a College Humor video from back in August. The South Park guys admitted it and apologized to them for the plagiarism.

  • 45 10-23-2010 at 9:03 pm

    Nono said...

    I thought Inception was contrived, convoluted and dull. This 1 minute spoof shows better writing than the film. “Who’s Hasselback” reminded me of the time Ariadne said “who’s dream are we in?”.