Christopher Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster Inception is one of those movies that has a nearly endless supply of interpretations. Watch it one time, it obviously means one thing. Watch it again at a later date, in a new frame of mind, it means something totally different. That’s one of the great things about movies and cinema, it can mean whatever the hell you want it to. But I don’t think there’s ever been a reading of Inception quite like this one, by somebody’s mother. There certainly hasn’t been one that’s this funny.
When it comes to movies, many of us have different takes than other people, especially when it comes to family members. (Occasionally I have to check with my dad just to make sure that we actually watched the same film, sometimes I swear we saw two very different things.) And that certainly appears to be the case with filmmaker Joe Nicolosi and his mother, who is the one recounting the movie that she watched.
She describes the picture as “so tedious,” and doesn’t have the widest knowledge base when it comes to recognizing big Hollywood stars (she swaps Matt Damon in for Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role, though she does remember that his name is Cobb, and has no idea who Ellen Page is). There’s even a hilarious aside where she compares the idea of inception and planting ideas in people’s heads to the NSA, so she’s really against this idea in case you were wondering. But she does have a solid grasp on much of the film, recognizing the general conceit and the multiple layers of dreams within dreams, so it isn’t like she just didn’t get it, she simply has a different stance than many.
This isn’t the first time that Nicolosi and his mother have teamed up for such an endeavor. There’s also the The Matrix Retold By Mom, from a while back which may be even better (she spends a good chunk of time questioning Neo’s sexuality, even though he spends most of the moving trying to get with Trinity, but again, different strokes…).
And it’s not just family member Nicolosi enlists in his adventures. He also has a friend who has never seen Star Wars and asked her to recount the story from the bits and pieces that she has watched. The results, as you may have predicted, are also pretty damn funny.