Playing with Fire (2019 film)
|Playing with Fire|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andy Fickman|
|Story by||Dan Ewen|
|Music by||Nathan Wang|
|Edited by||Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$30.1 million|
Playing with Fire is a 2019 American family comedy film directed by Andy Fickman from a screenplay by Dan Ewen and Matt Lieberman. The film stars John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haysbert, and Judy Greer, and follows a group of smoke jumpers who must watch over three children who have been separated from their parents following an accident.
The film was theatrically released in the United States on November 8, 2019, by Paramount Pictures. It received negative reviews from critics and has grossed $30 million worldwide.
A group of rugged wildland firefighters meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children.
- John Cena as Jake "Supe" Carson
- Keegan-Michael Key as Mark Rogers
- John Leguizamo as Rodrigo Torres
- Brianna Hildebrand as Brynn
- Dennis Haysbert as Commander Richards
- Judy Greer as Dr. Amy Hicks
- Christian Convery as Will
- Finley Rose Slater as Zoey
- Tyler Mane as Axe
By January 2019, Brianna Hildebrand, Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, Edoardo Carfora, Christian Convery, and John Leguizamo joined the cast. Rob Gronkowski was offered a role in the film but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts.
In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Doctor Sleep, Midway and Last Christmas, and was projected to gross $7–10 million from 3,125 theaters in its opening weekend. It made $3.6 million on its first day, including $500,000 from Thursday night previews. It went on to debut to $12.8 million, finishing third at the box office. In its second weekend the film made $8.6 million, finishing fourth behind Ford v Ferrari, Midway and Charlie's Angels.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 22% based on 46 reviews, with an average rating of 4.03/10. Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 24 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an average 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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