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Super Mario Bros. | 1993 | PG | - 2.5.2

The plot plays lip service to the eponymous video game, with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi, the Brooklyn plumbers who have to fight their way toward Dennis Hopper -- he's the bad boss of an alternate universe, where dinosaurs evolved into humanoids.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Lots of cleavage and one kiss. A baby is hatched out of a giant egg and there are some sexual references.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - There are some scary looking dinosaurs, and a couple of people do die: one is instantaneously turned into a skeleton and fossilized on a cave wall, and the other turns into green slime. The weapons used are primarily flame-throwers, and while one creature (a humanoid with a lizard head) catches fire, he's not harmed. A small dinosaur -- supposed to be the equivalent of a dog -- gnaws on a woman's foot, and she promptly stabs him; both seem uninjured. A man is changed into a chimpanzee. Gore is mainly of the disgusting and slimy variety. There are various threats of violence.


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LANGUAGE 2 - Some name calling, usually with the suffix "breath" attached.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Evolution and alternate universes.

MESSAGE - The movie is a blatant advertisement for a brand of sneakers. The supernatural exists.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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