Release Date: November 8th, 2019
MPA Rating: PG (for rude humor, some suggestive material and mild peril)
Runtime: 1 hr 36 min
Directed By: Andy Fickman
Written By: Matt Lieberman and Dan Ewen
Starring: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haysbert, and Judy Greer
Playing With Fire is basically about forest firefighters, and specifically one arrogant one, who save some children from a fire, and experience a number of high jinks once they bring them back to their station.
The beginning of the movie opens with a wild fire in Northern California. Jake Carson (John Cena) and his crew, Mark (Keegan-Michael Key), Rodrigo (John Leguizamo), and Axe (Tyler Mane), save a trio of siblings who are trapped in a cabin. When they are unable to locate the childrens’ parents, they then bring the children back to the fire depot.
Jake is a man who is all about his work, and does not have time for anything else, including relationships. For this reason, when he is forced to care for these children, it predictably causes friction and mishaps. Throughout the rest of the movie, we see him grow closer to the kids, and become a better person.
Before I give my opinion in regards to Playing With Fire, let me just say, don’t bother. Don’t bother buying tickets to this movie. Don’t bother dragging anyone with you, including children to this movie. Don’t bother reading any other reviews for this movie.
With that said, this is a movie for you if you enjoy watching characters deal with poop, bubbles, and of course, a shirtless John Cena. The jokes are really childish, and the acting is poor. Clearly, it’s aimed towards very young children, but it has some scenes that are quite uncomfortable, including a man urinating with a little girl standing in front of him. Wow.
For the rest of us, this is not a movie for us. It shows in a way the degradation of our society, since this type of humor is pleasing to some viewers. I on the other hand, would rather not watch a movie that is based around this form of humor.
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars