Parents' Guide to

The Super Mario Bros. Movie

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Colorful adventure is a bit more violent than the games.

Movie PG 2023 92 minutes
The Super Mario Bros. Movie Poster: Lots of colorful Mario characters stand in front of the movie's title

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 58 parent reviews

age 5+

Fun Loving Movie Minus any Agenda

So my husband and I took our three kiddos, ages 13, 9 and 5 to see this movie. Our 9 and 5 year old boys, enjoyed it the most, our 13 year old girl wasn’t as enthusiastic, although it wasn’t a total fail to her. My hubby and I loved it. The humor was clever, the action well placed and the movie held our attention better than expected. There was enough to entertain the whole family. Overall the story line was awesome. Go and see this fun loving film with no hidden agendas!
age 6+

Great movie for families! Super fun, goofy and no politics!

Great movie to watch with the whole family! Whether you're a Mario Bros. fan already or simply want a good movie for movie night, it has something for everyone! The film has so many fun moments and lots of awesome Easter eggs for video games fans to spot! With no politics or agendas and only one mildy intense scene towards the beginning, this is a movie that you can watch without having to worry if it's appropriate for you kids!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (58 ):
Kids say (89 ):

Nintendo fans will feel like they grabbed a Super Star while watching this brightly colored magical adventure, which mashes several Mario games up into a full storyline. But for viewers who are less familiar, sitting through The Super Mario Bros. Movie may feel like watching a second grader play a Mario game: It's cute, but you can't help thinking about all the other things you could be doing with your time. Making movies based on video games that have beloved characters and a built-in fan base seems like a natural choice, but not many do it well (exceptions include Sonic the Hedgehog and Detective Pikachu), and The Super Mario Bros. Movie doesn't depart from that norm.

While it is fun to see the brothers in their "real life" environment in Brooklyn -- working as plumbers and living at home with their big Italian family -- as well as how the filmmakers incorporate elements of the games, the film isn't funny or creative enough to satisfy most teens or adults. Moreover, the child-friendly animation style is a tad misleading, as directors Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic up the scare factor, making Bowser and his minions more terrifying than they need to be. There's plenty of excitement, nonstop action, and colorful images, but this project as a whole doesn't exactly level up.

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