I love a movie that my whole family can enjoy together. Sometimes you just need a good belly laugh, and that is exactly what Playing With Fire did for me and my family, we all laughed a lot. It’s a sweet story sandwiched in between a heartfelt message of family values and priorities.
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.
The plot consists of smokejumpers who prioritize work over everything else, and are then handed this chaos of 3 kids. Where are the kids parents? Why are they alone? How do we take care of them? How do they handle these crazy kids? These were a few of the funny and heartfelt scenarios. Seeing grown men change a diaper is always funny 🙂
I think this movie is great for all ages since the main characters are 3 kids in different age groups, and a set of silly smoke jumpers. John Cena and Keegan-Michael Key are a hilarious on screen duo. They play off of each other so well. There were many laugh out loud moments, some even caused my 7-year-old to laugh so hard she couldn’t catch her breath. My husband and I both said how it was funny that John Cena made us laugh so much, and even dab our eyes a few times.
Ultimately there is a really sweet happy ending and I loved how this movie wrapped it up neatly with a big old bow. I’d definitely recommend Playing With Fire for your next family movie night out!
PLAYING WITH FIRE is now in theaters everywhere!