"Bond of Brotherhood Overcomes Fear"


What You Need To Know:

THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE (2023) is a new movie based on the iconic Nintendo video game about brothers Mario and Luigi, two plumbers from Brooklyn, New York. After Mario and Luigi find a green pipe in the sewers, they are transported into a different universe. The brothers end up getting separated, but both find themselves wrapped up in an evil plot by King Bowser. Bowser has seized a Super Star, which he plans to use to kidnap and marry Princess Peach, take over Mushroom Kingdom, and rule the world. Can Mario reunite with his brother Luigi and stop Bowser’s evil plot?

THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE (2023) has a strong moral message about brotherhood, sacrifice, and working together to overcome evil. The movie has breathtaking animation that honors its iconic source material while breathing new life into the large cast of characters from both Mario video games and other Nintendo games of the same universe. For Mario and Luigi, love for one another helps them overcome their deepest fears and stand up against Bowser and his army of Koopas, Goombas, and Piranha Plants. Due to some intense animated action/violence, Movieguide® advises caution for younger children.


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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral, redemptive worldview with good conquering evil, loyalty to one's family and sacrifice are championed, and selflessness for one’s brother overcomes fear, there are some brief instances of fantasy magic mirroring the video games;

Foul Language:
No foul language, there is some brief crude humor;

For younger audiences Bowser and his army could be intense, but the movie balances moments of peril with moments of comedy, in multiple scenes, Bowsers threatens to kill Luigi, Mario and other creatures he has imprisoned are intense but brief, there is also animated action violence such as punching, kicking and other combat that's reminiscent of the Mario video games;

No sex;

No nudity;

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use or abuse;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
No other objectionable content.

More Detail:

THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE (2023) is a lively, animated action adventure based on the iconic Mario Bros. video games from Nintendo.

King Bowser seizes a Super Star from the Snow Kingdom and begins his evil plan to take over the Mushroom Kingdom, kidnapping and marrying Princess Peach and ruling over the entire universe.

Meanwhile, brothers Mario and Luigi are excited to start their plumbing business in Brooklyn, New York. However, after a failed first job, their family accuses Mario of throwing away his life and taking his brother, Luigi down with him. Mario considers giving up on his dream of becoming a plumber, until a massive water leak appears on the news giving them an opportunity of a lifetime.

Mario convinces Luigi that this is their chance to prove to their family and all of Brooklyn that they were meant to be plumbers. However, when Mario and Luigi enter the sewers to try and stop the flooding, they discover a secret passageway beneath New York. After investigating a peculiar green pipe, Mario and Luigi are transported into an alternate universe. While flying through the sky, the two brothers are separated.

Mario finds himself in the Mushroom Kingdom where he meets a friendly creature named Toad, who vows to bring him to Princess Peach and help him find Luigi. Meanwhile, Princess Peach is preparing for Bowser’s pending attack on her kingdom and sets off to the Jungle Kingdom to seek the alliance of the Kongs.

Although Mario is out of his element in this new world, Princess Peach agrees to help him find his brother and work to save the Mushroom Kingdom from the evil King Bowser. However, without additional help, Peach and Mario are no match for Bowser and the power of his Super Star. As Bowser’s hunger for power grows, Mario’s home in Brooklyn becomes at risk of being destroyed as well. Will Mario reunite with his brother Luigi and help Princess Peach save the Mushroom Kingdom and both their universes?

THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE is an exciting, funny, well-made animated adventure that has easter eggs and nods to old and new Nintendo video games in the Mario Bros. universe.

THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE  honors its source material but also breathes new life into Mario and Luigi’s classic story. It has a strong moral worldview and stresses Mario’s unwavering love for his younger brother, Luigi. Only together are they able to overcome their individual fears and stand up to evil. The movie also promotes sacrifice.

Despite its moral, uplifting themes, parents should be aware that some of the animated, action violence could be too intense for some younger children.

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