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"PLAYING WITH FIRE"
(2019) (John Cena, John Leguizamo) (PG)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Minor
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Moderate
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Moderate
Music (Inappropriate) Minor
Profanity None
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A crew of four manly firefighters has to take care of a teenage girl and her kid siblings after rescuing them from a cabin fire.
PLOT:
Jake (JOHN CENA) is a career firefighter who commands an elite squad of "Smoke Jumpers," who rappel into wildfire situations to rescue victims and help in containing the blazes. His team includes Mark (KEENAN-MICHAEL KEY), a former accountant-turned-fireman; Rodrigo (JOHN LEGUIZAMO), a former convicted criminal who's turned his life around having joined the department; and Axe (TYLER MANE), a hulking firefighter who carries an ax with him wherever he goes and communicates mostly with a series of grunts.

When Jake's boss, Commander Richards (DENNIS HAYSBERT), announces he will be retiring soon, Jake immediately dreams of succeeding him and fulfilling a dream his late father had for him to be the top boss. But this coincides with Jake and his crew having to care for three kids they recently rescued from a cabin fire who are without parents. Teenage Brynn (BRIANNA HILDEBRAND) has been caring for her two younger siblings, Will (CHRISTIAN CONVERY) and Zoey (FINLEY ROSE SLATER), hoping to avoid a foster care system that would surely separate them.

The longer the kids spend with the Smoke Jumpers, the more attached they get. Meanwhile, Jake carries on a tentative flirtation with a local wildlife expert, Dr. Amy Hicks (JUDY GREER). He feels the pull of a quieter domestic life. But he only knows firefighting and he wants badly to be Commander Richards' permanent replacement, which may not happen with Zoey's diapers to change and Will nearly destroying his station garage.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Elementary school children and young teens may be attracted to its young supporting players, PG rating, and broad humor. Nickelodeon produced the film, and it's received heavy ad play on its cable channel popular with kids.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For rude humor, suggestive material, and mild peril.


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