Whyyyyyyy? 'Super Mario Bros.'


Super Mario Bros.

Aug. 2
6:30-11:30 p.m.
Family Events, Film

The vast majority of movies based on video games are total bombs. This legacy of crap began in 1993, when Super Mario Bros. was released into theaters, laying a curse on the genre like a Pandora’s box that can never be closed again. The film stars Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi, plumber brothers living their lives in Brooklyn. When Luigi goes on a date with Daisy, an NYU student looking for dinosaur bones under the Brooklyn Bridge, the couple, along with Mario, find themselves falling through a portal to another dimension where Bowser (Dennis Hopper) rules a bunch of suit-wearing dinosaur creatures with beady eyes and tiny heads. He’s trying to get his hands on some magic rock, because... power? It’s all really stupid and nonsensical, and it’s pretty obvious that the producers and scriptwriters involved knew nothing about Nintendo’s flagship video game. But that’s part of its charm, and its curse. See it for yourself at Lake Harriet this week. Black Market Brass will warm up the crowd with music.