Playing with Fire Movie Review

Playing with Fire is blazing into theaters this weekend and you won't want to miss this hot new film if you're a family with young kids like mine.  I had the opportunity to screen this film on the Paramount Studios lot in California as one of the many incredible experiences at The Geekly Retreat.  Coincidentally, my husband took my two children to see the film back home in Maryland the same night which works out well when comparing my thoughts with those of my family.  As Superintendent Jake Carson would say, "where's my ready crew??"  Let's go!

First of all, this film is definitely for families to enjoy together.  Your little ones will find a lot to laugh at in this film, especially in the first half of the film.  There is a ton of physical humor that always entertains kids - tripping over fire hoses, crashing into ceilings, spicy peppers, and riding an out of control fire hose. . .just to name a few.  And then there's, quite literally, a lot of potty humor.  What kid doesn't like a good poop joke?  In fact, the initial reaction quote that my husband texted me from my four year old was that he "laughed his butt off."  Both the adults and the kids throughout the film deliver funny moment after funny moment.  I see a lot of my boys in Christian Convery's character - mischievous, funny, and sassy but ultimately having a heart of gold!

For those of you wondering, this film isn't just for kids.  I'll admit, that as an adult, I found the first half of the film to be a little TOO corny for my tastes - but it's all the stuff my kids would love to watch.  You'll also find John Leguizamo's faux quotes funny and they are sprinkled throughout the film.  But it's not all jokes. The movie does get more depth as the story develops, allowing adults to connect more with the characters and the plot.  Without spoiling the movie for those of you planning to see it, hang with it until the camping scene and then it will take a turn to a movie that's still kid-friendly while tugging at your emotional heartstrings.  Almost every character is going through a story of loss that has impacted or is impacting their life and you find yourself being drawn into their struggles to define who they really are as the movie progresses.  Be warned, you'll wish Keegan-Michael Key was sitting next to you with a tissue as the film reaches it conclusion.  Following a formula that has been successful for other wrestlers turned actors, John Cena delivers a character that is the perfect blend of corny humor for the kids and hunky hero for the adults.

Overall, if you have young kids in your family, you should definitely plan to head to theaters and catch this film.  Kids will love the humor while parents will enjoy the touching story of learning to let your guard down as several characters change their perspectives on love and life during the movie.  This isn't likely going to be a film that your tweens and teens would enjoy, but young kids will be rolling in the aisles - just ask mine!

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.

Playing with Fire opens everywhere November 8th!  Grab your ready crew and go see it now!  Be sure to follow Playing with Fire on social media too at #PlayingwithFireMovie.

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