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Why the 'Super Mario Bros.' movie was actually ahead of its time

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Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.

Believe it or not, we're coming up on the 20th anniversary of the massive critical and box-office bomb that was the Super Mario Bros. movie adaptation. Released May 28, 1993, the movie had the unfortunate timing to come out just two weeks ahead of another, much better cinematic adaptation involving dinosaurs that you may remember: Jurassic Park. Yet when it comes to evaluating each movie's place in Hollywood history, Super Mario Bros. may have actually been the more prescient of the two. That's the conclusion of Karina Longworth, who performed some cinematic paleontology for Grantland, re-reviewing the movie after playing the original NES game. As she puts it: "Super Mario Bros. was the product of an older generation callously pandering to the presumed low standards of the young; the modern global blockbuster is the product of Hollywood callously pandering to the presumed low standards of international markets. The impulse is the same; the difference is 20 years, and geography." Read her full survey of the disaster over at Grantland.