I forget the context, but a few weeks back I made a Super Mario Brothers movie reference in my office, and I got a lot of “They made a movie about Super Mario?” comments. So I had to explain the movie. Which, if anyone has tried to do, leads to a reaction of “No way. That can’t be true. Why would they do that?” It’s not as severe a reaction as when you try to explain Return to Oz to folks, but it’s bad. Because the Super Mario Brothers movie is bad. Really bad. Almost so bad that it’s great (like Return to Oz), but mostly just bad.
Grantland has a fascinating article on the film – how it got made, why it turned out so ridiculous, etc. Check it out.