Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key and John Leguizamo are rugged firefighters who must take in three rambunctious kids after rescuing them from a wildfire in this family comedy.

2019Rating: PG96 minsUSA
ComedyKids & Family
80%
want to see

Reviews & comments

A complete waste of time

I really don't know what I expected with this film. That is to say that I cannot fathom a single thing in the trailer that would give me the impression that Playing With Fire would be an entertaining movie. Perhaps I was lulled into a false sense of security by John Cena's reasonable performances in 2018's Bumblebee and Blockers. Needless to say, this was a...

1.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Playing With Fire is a good natured load of old rubbish that the kids mostly laughed along with. If that sounds like a recommendation to you, then have at it.

Independent

Independent

press

The cast are so willing to put their egos aside -- like a children's party clown on their last resort -- that it's easy to be won over by all the goodwill on show.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

As they used to say in Mad magazine: yecch.

2.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Comedians John Leguizamo and Keegan-Michael Key work so hard at trying to pump some energy into the Supe's fellow smoke-jumpers that you fear for their health.

2.0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

A series of wacky antics with little concern for continuity, logic or pacing.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Haven't firefighters had it hard enough this fall?

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Despite the novel setting, the director Andy Fickman has made a visually flat film. The editing is frequently awkward, clunkily overemphasising physical gags, and lingering too long on the actors as they try to light up dusty material.

Variety

Variety

press

Cena may be the first bodybuilder-turned-actor who has what Arnold Schwarzenegger had: the ability to project a mocking light soul trapped in a musclehead's body.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Playing With Fire is a good natured load of old rubbish that the kids mostly laughed along with. If that sounds like a recommendation to you, then have at it.

Independent

Independent

press

The cast are so willing to put their egos aside -- like a children's party clown on their last resort -- that it's easy to be won over by all the goodwill on show.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

As they used to say in Mad magazine: yecch.

2.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Comedians John Leguizamo and Keegan-Michael Key work so hard at trying to pump some energy into the Supe's fellow smoke-jumpers that you fear for their health.

2.0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

A series of wacky antics with little concern for continuity, logic or pacing.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Haven't firefighters had it hard enough this fall?

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Despite the novel setting, the director Andy Fickman has made a visually flat film. The editing is frequently awkward, clunkily overemphasising physical gags, and lingering too long on the actors as they try to light up dusty material.

Variety

Variety

press

Cena may be the first bodybuilder-turned-actor who has what Arnold Schwarzenegger had: the ability to project a mocking light soul trapped in a musclehead's body.

A complete waste of time

I really don't know what I expected with this film. That is to say that I cannot fathom a single thing in the trailer that would give me the impression that Playing With Fire would be an entertaining movie. Perhaps I was lulled into a false sense of security by John Cena's reasonable performances in 2018's Bumblebee and Blockers. Needless to say, this was...

1.0