Finding a family friendly movie that is good for every member of your family isn’t as easy as you would think. This fall, there is one that is hitting theaters that kids of all ages are going to like – and you will find yourself laughing along with as well.
Playing with Fire is the latest in a line of family friendly comedies and this one has John Cena at the helm. Like many other movies that came before it, the movie premise is simple – a tough guy is introduced to a group of kids that will change his life and how he does things.
If he says you’re 8, you’re 8Mark Rogers
Jake Carson is an elite Smoke Jumper, someone that jumps into the fires to pull people out for their safety. During a local emergency, Jake jumps into a burning cabin and pulls out three children. Taking them back to the station, him and his team have to keep them safe while they wait for their parents come and collect them.
The fire house is rocked with the introduction of the three kids. A place that was once regimented and full of rules is shaken with kids playing where they shouldn’t. With messes and three kids not listening to their rules, all while they wait for their parents to show up during a big storm.
No greater honor for a Smoke Jumper than burning to a crispCommander Richards
Like most kid friendly movies, there are a lot of easy laughs. The best lines are delivered throughout the film by Keegan-Michael Key. You’ll find yourself laughing as the kids make messes, derail the plans of the station, and of there is of course a poop joke or two tossed in there.
The movie has heartfelt moments and ones that you will be able to relate to. But it does feel like we’ve seen this story over and over again. It is a funny movie that will have you laughing, and isn’t one that requires a lot of thinking to enjoy.
The actual connection between the actors and the children in the movie is one you can feel, even if some of the acting is a bit stiff at times. With the acception of the poop jokes (one being a bit gross), there isn’t really any content in the movie you will have to shield you kids from as they watch it.
Is she your girlfriend? -Bryne
No, shes an angry scientist I thought I could unload you on – Jake Carson
IN THEATERS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019
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About PLAYING WITH FIRE:
When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet – babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids – much like fires –are wild and unpredictable. Starring John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haybert and Judy Greer.