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Super Mario Bros.



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: PG

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.

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.

PROFANITY 2 - Some name calling, usually with the suffix "breath" attached. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Evolution and alternate universes.

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

Special Keywords: S2 - V5 - P2 - MPAAPG

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