North will grow up to upstage Hitler as the world's most evil human.The movie seems to imply that the actual dream doesn't start until after his talk with Bruce Willis. Assuming it wasn't an outright lie, we must assume that North is really a child prodigy. With how bigoted he probably is, it's already an unsettling mix, but consider that part of the dream is a complete overhaul of an existing system, resulting in chaos, as well as a child becoming delusional with power. North will go on to graduate some prestigious school at age twenty, and proceed to brainwash the masses into his views, in the fashions of Hitler and Stalin. North and his brainwashed followers will commit genocide against every North American who is not a white American. They will create a master race and grow stronger and stronger over a decade. The army will have been multiplied in size, thanks in part to ten-and-below Child Solders raised by their brainwashed parents and trained at a Sparta-style school. They will eventually leave the US and slay at the worst or enslave at the best, every single person they meet. Now with a master race of white American warriors, North will rule as some kind of emperor for a while. Eventually, he will turn against his own people and turn the world into a dictatorship under his rule. There, I found something positive about this; this would make a much better movie.
The Reason for the Ethnic Stereotyping... is all the families in North are the horrid ethnic stereotypes that they are is because North is imagining the whole thing, and in his head, that's how people act. That's right, in his head, North's either a) A child whose parents have reinforced negative stereotyping, b) a racist little bastard or C) a kid who needs to turn off the TV and open an encyclopedia.
It's all in his head, including his Gary Stu-ness.He's not a model student, athlete, actor, or anything like that. He's not even half as smart as he thinks he is. He's not much of anything... beyond being a racist, self-absorbed little Jerkass who overreacts to anything that doesn't involve him getting exactly what HE wants, WHEN he wants it. The whole thing is All Just a Dream he has to justify his horrible mindset to himself: "My parents may not give me everything I want, but at least I'm not (Fill-In-The-Blank), right?"
Anxiety Attack has medical causesThe dyspneatic anxiety attack at the beginning is not a normal child's reaction to parents fighting, instead it may be indicative of a serious bacterial infection. More specifically, he may have a serious bacterial UTI and approaches renal failure, causing metabolic acidosis (of which shortness of breath is a symptom). The fact that he falls asleep later on the couch in the middle of a conversation furthers this hypothesis: North is actually sick, his hallucinatory, incoherent dream of abandoning his parents is an expression of his subconscious realization that his parents didn't notice how sick he is. In his attempts to be the perfect overachieving son, he stopped telling them of his medical issues - UT Is can be quite embarrassing to describe.
- Which just begs the question, why didn't he kill the kid when he had the chance?
- You know how horror movie monsters are; they like to play with their victims a little before they kill them. I can imagine the good guy brother of one would operate the same way.
Bruce Willis's character is an Inception agent.He is performing Inception on North to convince him to remain with his parents rather than leaving. The nonsense and stereotyping is all exaggerated in order to convince him. Occasionally he will appear himself just to nudge things a bit more they way he wants them. He's not all that great at it, because he leaves a lot of holes in the logic, such as justifying North's original parents, but that's alright because North's just a kid anyway, so he doesn't notice. The Inception works and North goes back home.
North doesn't actually view people the way they're shown.It's a dream. Crazy things happen in a dream, we can't control them unless we try, and sometimes even that goes horribly wrong. Who's to say the stereotypes aren't just crazy things his brain made for this particular dream?
North has the Sixth SenseWhy else is he seeing Bruce Willis everywhere?
North's father sexually molests him while his mother turns a blind eye."Loosen his pants!" anyone? it would also explain his desire to leave them and also explain (if not exactly excuse) his jerkass behavior, its a defense mechanism...
Mrs. Ho wasn't given the real scriptLauren Tom (who plays Mrs. Ho) wasn't aware that Governor Ho would say, "there is only one barren area on all of our islands. Unfortunately it's...Mrs. Ho." The look on her face when the line was delivered gives it away.
North visiting Mexican parents was cut.
- They would have been played by Michelle Rodriguez and Danny Trejo, and they would have been the coolest parents ever. The idea was dropped because it wasn't culturally insensitive.
North's entire life is one massive Freudian Excuse and his parents really are jerks.If you pay close attention to the beginning, you'll notice that North doesn't start dreaming the rest of the plot until he goes to his "secret spot." It's therefore possible that in real life, he is in fact a smart, athletic kid and a gifted actor, though perhaps not a prodigy. His abilities may be perfectly good, but he may feel they're sub-par, which he thinks is "proven" thanks to the actions of his parents. To take it even further, North's search for new parents involves a couple that wants him to replace their first kid, a couple that wants to use his crack to promote self esteem (make of that what you will), and a couple whose culture gets rid of people who can no longer "contribute" in a way that's seen as acceptable. When he finally finds a family he loves, he leaves, claiming he still feels empty. Or is it that he thinks he'll never be able to completely please them, either? The poor kid is horrifically insecure and scared out of his mind.
Alternatively, North is a psychologically unhinged and abused underachiever.It's highly unlikely that if North were a prodigy, he would suddenly do a complete 180 and start getting thirty-fours on tests or pitching horrible games. It's also unlikely that a problem with his parents as simplistic as his is made out to be would cause such a thing. But you also have to take into account that his dream of finding new parents is based entirely on crude stereotypes and repressed fears of not being acceptable to adults. So, if North is not a prodigy Marty Stu, the alternative is that he's an underachiever. He has the potential to be much more and fantasizes about it, which is what we see in the movie. However, his parents neglect and perhaps abuse him (see the fact that they didn't wake from their coma for months in North's fantasy and the "loosen his pants" scene. This prompts North to continue underachieving, hang out with miniature sociopaths like Winchell, and potentially grow up to be another one of those insufferable bigots who really believes, among other things, that everyone in Texas eats huge portions and wears spangles, and the entire population of Hawaii would be infatuated with his crack.