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Playing with Fire

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Movie Info & Cast


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.


  • Judy Greer
  • John Cena
  • Brianna Hildebrand
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Tyler Mane
  • John Leguizamo
  • Dennis Haysbert
  • Lynda Boyd
  • Christian Convery
  • Jasmine Vega

Did You Know?


  • Nickelodeon Movies' third and last film of 2019, after Wonder Park (2019) and Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019).
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A nice, funny movie for the family.

Alden D
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Iove is at great

Noemi S


Nov 8, 2019

Key, Leguizamo, Greer, and Haysbert actually look like their having a good time and investing their acting talent in this silly story without flinching. No one’s phoning it in. John Cena is just a little too cartoony in his straight-laced character and somehow manages to make “normal” feel over-the-top.

Metacritic review by Alan Ng
Alan Ng
Film Threat
Nov 7, 2019

Playing With Fire strikes strictly predictably beats. Key and Leguizamo, comic talents who are wildly overqualified for this sort of thing, work hard, very hard, to infuse the tired material with laughs. But they're mostly hamstrung by their one-note characters

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Nov 7, 2019

The film is bland and predictable, underestimates kids’ abilities to understand story and humor, and relies way too much on sight gags that are clichéd and overdone.

Metacritic review by Yolanda Machado
Yolanda Machado