The Super Mario Bros. Movie parent guide: Why is the animated movie rated PG?

Before you put on a movie for the kids, you'll need to check the age rating. Here's an explanation for The Super Mario Bros. Movie age rating.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie, image courtesy 2022 Nintendo and Universal Studios
The Super Mario Bros. Movie, image courtesy 2022 Nintendo and Universal Studios /
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The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now available to stream on Netflix. Before you put it on for the kids, you’ll need to understand the age rating.

The animated movie takes us into the world of Mario and Luigi. They are terrible plumbers in New York when they end up getting pulled into a mystical world where kingdoms are at risk of Bowser taking over. Mario has two missions: find his brother and help Princess Peach save the Mushroom Kingdom.

It certainly makes a great movie to watch during the winter break from school. It’s going to be one to put on during New Year’s Day when you need to give the kids something to do while you recover from the late night of watching the ball drop. However, is it suitable for them?

The Super Mario Bros. Movie age rating

This is a PG-rated movie. It means that it is suitable for most children. Of course, it’s with parental guidance.

Most kids are going to love it, whether they know the Mario games or not. They’re going to enjoy the adventure that Mario heads out on. They’ll love the power-ups and the race on Rainbow Road. And yes, there is plenty of nostalgia and Easter eggs for the adults who grew up with this franchise from Nintendo.

There is a little bit of violence in the movie. There are times when cars blow up and there are fights between various characters. It’s nothing that kids playing the video games, including Mario Kart, won’t be used to by now. If they love the games, they’re going to adore the movie.

This is certainly something that’s going to be for children seven and up. My seven-year-old adored every second of it and all she’s played is Mario Kart. My 11-year-old gamer child loved it even more. She’s played other Mario games.

The thing that may get some of the younger viewers is the scary moments where characters are in peril. There is a character who helps to keep those moments light, though. This is aimed at the whole family, but you may have moments that you need to explain to the kids or sit with them. You know your children best.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now available to stream on Netflix.