SUPER MARIO BROTHERS, based on the classic Nintendo video game, turns on a visit to a parallel world peopled by Dinosaurian descendents. As the film opens in Brooklyn, a cloaked woman places a mysterious basket at a convent door. The nuns marvel at the contents: a huge egg which breaks open revealing a baby girl. The film cuts to an excavation twenty years later near the East River where some students participate in an archeological dig. However, when Daisy, the student leader at the excavation, calls for protection from the Scapelli Construction Company thugs, the Mario brothers, Mario (Bob Hoskins) and Luigi come to her aid. Before long, the Mario Brothers find themselves pulled through a mysterious portal into Dinohattan in a parallel dimension where reptiles have evolved into near human type beings. Koopa (Dennis Hopper), the diabolical tyrant of his dimension, plans to save his dying world by merging with the human world. The Mario Brothers experience many far-out adventures in the phantasmagoric atmosphere of Dinohattan.
Despite superlative special effects and an imaginative set, SUPER MARIO BROTHERS lags in places. Even Hoskins does not turn in a particularly credible performance. Furthermore, the New Age and humanistic undertones are slightly unsettling, though in the final analysis, this is a very innocuous action movie.
(C, L, H, M, NA, VV, N) A positive reference to Jesus Christ as Lord opens this good triumphs over evil film marred by: less than 5 obscenities; revenge motif; idea of evolution & de-evolution promulgated by villain; several violent episodes as when innocent-looking old lady jabs the Mario Brothers with a vicious probe; New Age concepts in storyline such as parallel universes & psychic abilities; demonic creatures; and, some skimpy costumes.