Take a look at the trailer released for Playing with Fire, an upcoming family comedy led by John Cena.
Cena plays a straight-laced fire superintendent who finds himself and his team having to take care of children when they save three siblings from a wildfire. Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane play the other firefighters; Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater play the siblings.
It’s the classic tough guy and cute kids narrative that we’ve seen the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel in before. It can work well if the kids are charming and the jokes don’t rely on just being cutesy. This should be a harmless outing.
Filmmaker Andy Fickman has quite a lot of experience in the family movie realm of things, having directed The Game Plan (The Rock and kids in that one), Race to Witch Mountain, She’s the Man and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.
Playing with Fire will be hitting US cinemas on November 8 and arrives in Australia on January 9, 2020.
Official synopsis for 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.