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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Bob Hoskins
John Leguizamo
Dennis Hopper
Samantha Mathis
Bob Hoskins
John Leguizamo
Dennis Hopper
Samantha Mathis.
Directors
Rocky Morton
Annabel Jankel.
Screenwriters
Ed Solomon
Parker Bennett
Terry Runte
Ed Solomon.
Running Time
105 minutes

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The first film to be adapted from rather than into a Nintendo cartridge, Super Mario Bros, is a shrill, hectic and tiresome fantasy with little story, less excitement and no imaginable audience.

Millions of years ago, a meteor hits the Earth and causes time to fissure around the island of Manhattan, resulting in a cramped parallel universe where humanity has evolved from dinosaurs rather than apes. Lizard King Koopa (Hopper) runs the alternate city and has kidnapped fugitive Princess Daisy (Mathis), an orphan who was raised from an egg by nuns in our world, and who has just caught the attention of Luigi Mario (Leguizamo), younger brother and business partner of mustachioed plumber Mario Mario (Hoskins).

Hauled into the parallel world along with a shard of meteor that powers the plot, the Brothers set out to rescue her, blundering around a series of theme park rides trying to save the girl and depose the villain. What few good lines there are get snatched by Hopper who, partnered by the supposedly lizardy but notably mammalian Fiona Shaw, handles the villainy as if there were a real film to back him up rather than a melange of fungus-strewn, leftover Batman sets populated by shouting humans.

Occasionally, the special effects (a pet-size dinosaur, transformations, disintegrations) raise some interest, but there is never any sense that this is more than a technical showreel interspersed with Three Stooges cast-offs. Produced by Jake Eberts and Roland Joffe, usually so keen on Serious Quality Subjects, and directed by the husband-and-wife team who gave you lots of videos and Max Headroom, this poor imitation of a 90s blockbuster stumbles from the start and winds up flat in the dirt. Game over, man.




Reviewed by Kim Newman

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For me, this is filed under 'films I enjoyed when I was younger, unaware of how badly received they were and really ought to watch them again to be enlightened!'Even saying that, I do distinctly remember it being the lesser blockbuster to Jurassic Park that year! ... More

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Super Mario Bros (1993) So could this be one of the worst films ever made?? yep we have a contender. Huge on hype and anticipation but hugely sole destroying upon release. Its hard to comprehend what the creators of this film were looking to achieve, the style, looks, soundtrack, plot, basically any links to the classic legendary videogame are none existent. The main issue with this film is the blatant fact it has NOTHING to do with the classic videogame. Apart from the two leads and ... More

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Jeez Mario

poor and silly ... More

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A CULT CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With stunning performances ... More

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A CULT CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by monkeyhumour at 09:17, 19 May 2010 | Report This Post


For christ sake save 90 minutes and watch something decent, awful awful awful ... More

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Posted by willchadwick at 21:51, 30 January 2008 | Report This Post


For christ sake save 90 minutes and watch something decent, awful awful awful ... More

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Posted by willchadwick at 21:51, 30 January 2008 | Report This Post


crap, utter crap. if you wanna see a good mario film watch grand theft mario on youtube ... More

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L: DazDaMan rs?  Generous, I think.ote]   Oh, I agree. Worthless, brainless piece of shit of a movie. Zero stars. ... More

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Nowt short of a childhood classic. ... More

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