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Movie Debate #64: Super Mario Bros.

Reed Rothchild

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  1. 1. Rate based on your own personal preferences

    • 10/10 - One of your very favorite movies of all time. Top 10.
    • 9/10 - Killer fucking movie. Everyone should watch it.
    • 8/10 - Great movie. Easy to recommend.
    • 7/10 - Very good movie, but not quite great.
    • 6/10 - Pretty good. You might enjoy the occasional watch, or tune in if you happen to catch it on cable.
    • 5/10 - It's okay, but maybe not something you'll go out of your way to watch.
    • 4/10 - Meh. There's plenty of better alternatives to this.
    • 3/10 - Not very good.
    • 2/10 - Not your cup of tea at all. Some people might like this, but you are not one of them.
    • 1/10 - Horrible in every way.
    • 0/10 - The Citizen Kane of painful experiences. You'd rather shove an icepick in your retinas than watch this.
    • You haven't seen the movie, but you're interested in watching it.
    • You have no interest in watching it.

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This was such a wired movie but I loved it as a kid. I haven't seen it in at least 25 years so I gave it a conservative 5 but it could be as high as an 8. As a kid, I loved all of the SMB troupes that looked nothing like the cartoony world Mario is set in. It was actually fun to imagine a gritty, Gothom Cityesque Mushroom Kingdom.

Certainly not the best film ever made but I give it props for it's creativity. I should watch it again soon.

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I haven’t seen it in its entirety since back when it came out but what a horrific disappointment it was.  It’s like the only reference they had was, „hey this is what the main character looks like and it’s set in some sort of mushroom kingdom.  Go“.  
definitely didn’t run around pretending to be super Mario bros movie when I was a kid.  Hot garbage. 3.

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Loved this as a child, watched it with a friend as a teenager and I found it very hard to get into, though it might have been due to being a teenager and critiquing everything too much.

Haven't watched it since, though I'd like to at some point. For now though, it sits at a 5.

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Excellent cast, some good music, a few funny scenes, and a lot of somewhat hidden details and references to the games ("These premises protected by Fry Guy Flamethrowers").


Almost nothing to do with the games, the Super Mario Bros. theme is only heard at the beginning (at least it was included, and I do like that it is used on the DVD's root menu), Mario and Luigi don't change into their "video game clothing" until much later in the movie, and the Goombas...aren't Goombas at all.

Other notes:

The deleted scenes are interesting (definitely check them out on YouTube if you haven't). I hope the Super Mario Bros. Movie Archive is able to make an American Blu-Ray/4K release happen, and that the deleted scenes are included (either as extras or in an extended version of the movie).



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I gave is a 7 pretty sure it's justifiable.  Most of it getting dropped would be the elephant in that room of it just not being like any of the games established at that time (hell, even since either.)  The story was pretty nicely done, had some decent twists for a kid-teen centric movie too.  In a way it was interesting, it was like a reverse mario game, it's not so much you have the baddies cruisin around causing trouble in the kingdom.  This is well after it has been taken down, reorganized, and just made crap in the image koopa wanted so thinking of it like that made it far more interesting.  You throw the sci-fi cheese of dino evolution, the devo gun, and the rest and it's pretty good.  NOt awesome, not even excellent, just pretty good as you can do far worse in a game movie, most game movies really.

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It's been over 20 years since I've seen it. It was certainly bizarre but I honestly remember liking more than a few scenes in it. I can't imagine that it's aged terribly well, not that it was any kind of masterpiece to begin with.

I gotta say, though, Bob Hoskins was incredibly talented and charming no matter what he was in. Rest in peace, Mr. Hoskins.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Actually, 7/10

This movie really had naught to do with the games but I still love it. This also came at a time when I was all in for Mario, and still playing SMB3 religiously. It's weird as hell but charming. A shame that it's production was apparently the stuff of nightmares

Also just want to bring up may have to change this thread name to "Super Mario Bros. 1993" lol


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Just watched this with the kids for "movie night" -- and it was quite a bit stranger and worse than I remembered.

If I hadn't rewatched it, I might have given it a 6 or even a 7 for nostalgia (and remembering being SUPER excited for it as a kid).

But now, I can only give it a "4".

Though I wouldn't talk somebody out of the time commitment of watching it -- just to witness the strangeness.


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I mean, I worked on the rough cut that was found on VHS, so I've seen the deleted scenes after my buddy remastered it. I've forgotten what the original is like now, but the Koopa rap is awesome. Iggy and Spike at the end, also hilarious. The idea of a world without oil because the dinosaurs lived is super weird, but makes sense. Cult classic. I like it more now than I did then.

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