Super Mario Bros. – How did this happen??

When one looks at the collective talents of Bob Hoskins, the late Dennis Hopper, and the, at the time, up-and-coming John Leguizamo, it brings to mind a potential for a great experience in cinema.

Enter Super Mario Bros., a 1993 movie based on a video game of the same name. Directed by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton on an estimated $40 million budget, this film would go on to make $20 million and bombing in the box office, setting an unfortunate precedent for video games adaptations for years to come.

Super Mario Bros. ad campaign movie poster. (Photo from

But does this mean the film is bad?

Not necessarily.

Season two of Cut Scene opens with a discussion on the film, what pitfalls it endured during its production, as well as some of the talent involved. We dive into what worked and what didn’t work, and how we felt about the film.

This review is designed to educate an appreciate, while not trying to tear down the film or use it as a punching bag.

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