The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a fun ride that will bring back all the nostalgia from the video games and win over a new generation. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie releases in theaters across North America tomorrow, April 5, 2023. The film stars Chriss Pratt (Mario), Charlie Day (Luigi), Anya Taylor-Joy (Princess Peach), Jack Black (Bowser), Keegan-Michael Key (Toad), Seth Rogen (Donkey Kong), and Fred Armisen (Cranky Kong). It was written by Matthew Fogel and directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic. Check out these details in my parents guide movie review.
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The Super Mario Bros. Movie Parents Guide
In The Super Mario Bros. Movie: While working underground to fix a water main, Brooklyn plumbers Mario (Chris Pratt; Jurassic World and The LEGO Movie franchises) and brother Luigi (Charlie Day; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) are transported down a mysterious pipe and wander into a magical new world. But when the brothers are separated, Mario embarks on an epic quest to find Luigi. With the assistance of a Mushroom Kingdom resident Toad (Keegan-Michael Key; The Lion King) and some training from the strong-willed ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy;The Queen’s Gambit), Mario taps into his own power.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie Age Rating Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know about the age rating of the movie before letting their younger children watch The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
Language: The Super Mario Bros. Movie contains mild language, with no profanity used. The strongest words viewers will come across are “stupid” and “idiot.” There are no stronger words, strong language, or snippets of language.
Mature Content: The biggest concern for parents is some of the violent content. Characters are shown in peril, falling out of the window, hanging above lava, having discussions about sacrifices, scary looking dinosaurs and other creatures and other various threats of violence and frightening scenes. No drug use, drug abuse or drug use content. No sexual content, sex scenes or brief nudity.
Age Rating of The Super Mario Bros Movie Rating: Universal’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie has a PG rating for action and mild violence, and the parents’ advisory recommends it for an adult audience, younger adults, and teens 13 and older. The suggestion of parental guidance or an adult guardian is highly suggested for young kids (or older kids) under 13 years of age for this PG-rated motion picture. The minimum age recommendation is 13 years old; it is not suitable for young children. Young viewers are not recommended to view this film.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie will win the hearts of fans of the video games, bringing back all the nostalgia from the game and its iconic characters. Expect to see plenty of Easter eggs as Mario and Luigi enter the gaming world, including where the mushroom people and jungle people live. The animation really brings the worlds to life with its vibrant colors that pop, giving it a video game feel.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie has a solid ensemble cast, all of whom give genuine and believable performances and bring the personality needed for their characters. When the trailer hit, there was much controversy over the fact that Chris Pratt, who voices Mario, doesn’t really sound like Mario but rather uses his own voice for the role. Watching the film, this was never really a problem or distraction for the role of Mario or any of the other characters. Although the movie is very aware of itself and, in fact, addresses the “voice” early on, even giving Pratt a chance to delight viewers with his version of Mario.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie runs around 90 minutes, which is the perfect length for this type of film geared towards a younger audience. It packs tons of actions and silly jokes to make the time fly by; there was never a dull moment. While the plot leaves much to be desired and was extremely predictable, it really didn’t bog down the story at all. Along with the content of the film being extremely family-friendly—no curse words or overly mature themes—it makes for the perfect film to enjoy with the entire family.