Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Super Mario Bros.

Posted on

Approaching ”Howard the Duck” in sheer turkeytude, this dingy fiasco should serve as warning to all Hollywood execs hoping to mine video games for E-Z profit. The plot follows the Nintendo smash in spirit if not letter: Brooklyn plumbers Mario and Luigi Mario (Hoskins and John Leguizamo) venture into an alternate dimension to rescue lady love Princess Daisy (Samantha Mathis) from evil dino-guy King Koopa (Hopper). Unfortunately, action, dialogue, and characters are strictly on the point-and-shoot level, and the chintzy production design suggests Blade Runner as imagined by a 2-year-old. Perhaps most insultingly, Super Mario Bros. casts some of the coolest actors around — Hoskins, Leguizamo, Hopper, Mathis, Richard Edson, hell, even Mojo Nixon — and makes them all look dumb. Bag the tape and play the game — at least there you’ll have a chance of winning.