PLAYING WITH FIRE

"Extinguish the Chaos"

Quality:
Content: +1 Discernment required for young children.

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What You Need To Know:

PLAYING WITH FIRE follows Superintendent “Sup” Jake Carson and his team of four loyal firemen and smoke jumpers. One night they get a call to assess a burning cabin. Sup jumps into burning flames, only to find a teenage girl, a young boy and an almost 3-year-old girl hiding under some wreckage. He airlifts them to safety with the team, but they can’t get the children back to their parents right away. The children stay longer than expected, but not without causing comical chaos.

PLAYING WITH FIRE is well-paced with moments of jeopardy and comedy interspersed throughout the story. The movie relies heavily on physical slapstick comedy where characters trip, run into things, have accidents, etc. PLAYING WITH FIRE has a strong moral worldview. It stresses family, love, marriage, rescuing people, hospitality, and respecting others. Several characters undergo heart-stirring transformations. There’s a light environmentalist aspect to one character’s love for nature and a politically correct moment about women taking care of children. The movie also has some potty humor and action violence that merit caution for younger children. Otherwise, media-wise families will enjoy PLAYING WITH FIRE.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong moral worldview with redemptive elements and a positive view of American firefighters promotes rescuing those in need, providing hospitality, love, responsibility, marriage, and respecting and honoring other people, a light environmentalist worldview is expressed by a character who really only wants wildlife to be respected, a light politically correct, feminist moment where a female character accuses a male character of wanting her to take care of children just because she’s a woman, and a character who’s always comically misquoting famous people misquotes Gandhi in one scene

Foul Language:
No obscenities, one OMG profanity, one heck, a character says “I swear,” and strong potty humor (in one scene a young girl gets her diaper changed, but its content explodes on other characters, a character passes gas, and a dog urinates on a character)

Violence:
Some action violence and jeopardy about fighting fires and rescuing people from danger, and plenty of physical slapstick such as a child gets disoriented and runs into a car accidentally but is fine, a character voluntarily uses his own abs as a punching bag to be impressive, characters play a game of dodgeball but the game doesn’t physically injure anyone, and a child mistakenly shoots a flare gun, but no one is really harmed

Sex:
No sexual immorality

Nudity:
Upper male nudity in a few scenes, character has a poster of a woman in a bikini but takes it down when children walk into the room

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
One character is a bit narcissistic, a female character jokes about leaving her husband for a fireman, and lying, stealing and running away, but those are refuted in the end by love and tenderness.

More Detail:

PLAYING WITH FIRE is an endearing movie about three stranded children who cause comical chaos when they spend a few days with some firemen and smoke jumpers in Redding, California. PLAYING WITH FIRE has a strong moral worldview promoting family, marriage, taking care of those in need, showing hospitality, and honor. PLAYING WITH FIRE will make children and adults laugh, but merits caution for younger children because of some potty humor, action violence and slapstick comedy.

PLAYING WITH FIRE begins as firemen attempt to put out a forest fire near their base in Redding, California. When the firemen return to their base, half the crew quit to join a department in Southern California with “more action.” Despite losing many workers, Superintendent “Sup” Jake Carson (John Cena) also toys with the idea of applying to work for that department and fulfil his lifelong dream.

Things take a turn when Sup and his team of now four loyal fireman helicopter to a burning cabin. Sup jumps into the area to assess the situation and finds three minors, a teenage girl, a young boy and an almost 3-year-old girl, hiding under some wreckage. He airlifts them to safety with the team.

There’s just one problem. The firemen can’t get the children to their parents until the next day. So, the children stay longer than expected, but not without causing some comical chaos around the firehouse.

PLAYING WITH FIRE is well-paced with moments of jeopardy and comedy interspersed throughout the story. The movie relies heavily on slapstick comedy where characters trip, run into things, have an accident with a flare gun, etc. However, several characters undergo heart-stirring transformations.

PLAYING WITH FIRE has a strong moral worldview. It promotes family, love, marriage, rescuing those in need, hospitality, and respecting and honoring other people. At the firemen’s base, there’s even a sign reading, “Honor and Responsibility.” There’s a subtle environmentalist aspect to one character’s love for nature, but he really only wants wildlife to be respected. There’s also a light politically correct, feminist moment about women taking care of children and a comical misquote about Gandhi. PLAYING WITH FIRE has some potty humor and action violence that merit caution for younger children. Otherwise, however, media-wise families will enjoy PLAYING WITH FIRE.

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