If only the film we’re actually good…(HERE WE GO!)
Let’s take you back to Brooklyn to the year 1993 where two struggling plumbers (Mario Mario and Luigi Mario, played by Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, respectively) by sheer dumb luck bump into the lovely Daisy (Samantha Mathis), who is trying to use a payphone; Luigi instantly falls in love.
It’s just your normal average date night, until both ladies are kidnapped and taken to where eventually Mario and Luigi will find themselves in; a parallel world that is destructively run by King Koopa (Dennis Hopper).
The Mario Brothers must find Princess Daisy and help return the world back to normal. Do they succeed? I guess you’ll have to watch to find out…SPOILER: okay, okay – yeah, they succeed! WAH-HAH!
This is a quintessential crappy 90’s movie that a lot of people probably end up owning, regardless of how bad it is. It’s so bad that it is good! Actually, according to the films Wikipedia page, Bob Hoskins said it was the “worse thing I ever did.” Leguizamo believed part of the problem was the discrepancy in direction the studio and the directors wanted to take. Dennis Hopper called it a “nightmare.” (Ouch).
Sidenote: Danny DeVito and Tom Hanks were in the running for the Super Mario? Could that have saved the movie? Probably not. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Keaton were considered for King Koopa? Hmmm.
This movie had so much potential and it failed miserably. Yet, I kinda enjoyed the film as a whole. Bonus Double Sidenote: Samantha Mathis is a total 90’s fox and I thought her beauty and acting skills were one of the better parts of the film.
Maybe I persuaded you to watch the movie or run the other direction as fast as possible. But one thing is for certain, Super Mario Bros. would have been better left to the video game professionals.
Rotten Tomatoes: Critics: 16%, Audience: 29%