Pop Culture, Film

Super Mario Bros

When: Wed., July 5, 8 p.m. 2017

The 1993 film Super Mario Bros. is reviled by its stars and critics. And yet because of the profound love people have for the video game that inspired it, the live-action film still maintains a devoted following. Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo star as brothers Mario and Luigi, who are New York-based plumbers. When they uncover a parallel world populated by highly-evolved dinosaurs, they get sucked into a fight to defend their world from a saurian incursion masterminded by the evil King Koopa (Dennis Hopper). It's kind of a mess, but a lovable mess. Keep your eyes open for psychobilly rocker Mojo Nixon as Toad, a protest singer, and Sonic Youth's original drummer Richard Edson as one of King Koopa's henchmen, Spike. The Webster Film Series presents Super Mario Bros. as this month's Strange Brew offering. You can catch it at 8 p.m. tonight at the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Boulevard, Maplewood; www.webster.edu/film-series). Tickets are $5.

Paul Friswold

Price: $5