A fire, a few children and unsuspecting firefighters: these are the ingredients “Daddy Without a Plan” director Andy Fickman mixes together Playing with Fire a standard family comedy that impresses above all with John Cena and his colleagues as well as a healthy portion of anarchy. We reveal more about this in our review.
The firefighters risk their lives every day.
The plot summary
Jake Carson (John Cena) has everything under control as the head of a fire station. For him, no task is too difficult, no fire is too hot. His elite unit around his colleagues Mark (Keegan-Michael Key), Rodrigo (John Leguizamo) and Ax (Tyler Mane) are always at the service of their life-saving work, until a new mission pushes them to the limit of their endurance for the first time leads. During a forest fire they save the three siblings Brynn (Brianna Hildebrand), Will (Christian Convery) and Zoey (Finley Rose Slater), who are now left without their family. Because the parents are absolutely unreachable for the babysitters against their will. The team is forced to take responsibility and look after the three siblings. A completely new task for the tough guys whose lives are completely turned upside down by the kids.
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Like his colleague Dwayne Johnson, actor John Cena (“The Sex Pact”) originally comes from competitive sports. At the height of his engagement with the WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., the Massachusetts-born mime attracted millions to television screens, before he appeared in the Judd Apatow comedy “Dating Queen” in 2015 after smaller supporting roles in genre films and series . also became known to a broader audience outside of its previously tapped target group. Since then, Cena has been considered a kind of secret weapon, who has already demonstrated his considerable talent for humorous timing in various comedies and thus also knows how to improve less successful genre entries (at least for a short time). Now you can see him once again in his element in Andy Fickman’s “Chaos at the Fire Station”; What’s more: He can even lead the cast of no less well-known faces such as Keegan-Michael Key (“Why Him?”) , Judy Greer (“Halloween”) and John Leguizamo (“The Sun is also a Star”) and carries the film as the narrative center largely on his broad shoulders alone. A big plus point in a film that is generally quite light on highlights and follows the usual genre lines, but which nevertheless does a reasonably solid job as weekend entertainment designed for the target group of families with children up to the age of ten.
Mark (Keegan-Michael Key) and Jake (John Cena) are colleagues and best friends.
In a scene in “Chaos at the Fire Station,” firefighter Jake, played by John Cena, has to face the accusation that he is capable of starting large fires after various problems with the (orphan) children he has taken under his wing to delete and save lives, but that he was a total failure if it was just about looking after a few children. This sentence is somehow symptomatic of the entire film. Simply because such a statement appears in pretty much all films that are even remotely similar to the premise of Chaos at the Fire Station. The fact that rough-necked adults are suddenly pushed into a father or mother role against their will, only to realize in the end that this is exactly the role they have always wanted in their hearts, has long been seen in films like “Three Men and a Baby “, “Old Dogs” or “Kokowääh”. Andy Fickman is also familiar with this segment, as he designed “Daddy without a Plan” in 2007, which was based on a similar principle. It would have been nice if he had added a few more facets to his skills over the past 13 years. As it is, his chaos comedy, originally titled “Playing with Fire,” is largely lacking in tension. Due to the generic structure and the run-of-the-mill dramaturgy, you can easily imagine where the characters will go from the beginning.
But “Chaos on Fire Week” is ultimately not in the running for the award for best screenplay, but is clearly aimed at a younger audience, the Fickman and his writing duo of debutant Dan Ewen and Matt Lieberman ( “The Addams Family”) want to provide harmless, anarchic pleasure. And it’s actually quite amusing to see how Will (Christian Convery, “Venom” ) and Zoey (Finley Rose Slater) cause the titular chaos at the fire station in the best slapstick style; You can get up to a lot of nonsense with fire extinguishers, alarm sirens, etc. when the adults aren’t looking. Brianna Hildebrand (“Deadpool”) in particular has a likeable role in the role of the older sister as Brynn, who is concerned about the well-being of her younger siblings and who, on the one hand, would only be too happy to finally give up the caring role, but finds it difficult to trust them to catch the firefighters. This is all a bit reminiscent of the stunning comedy “Suddenly Family” from last year, in which Sean Anders processed his life experiences in a patchwork family into an enchanting, endearing comedy and thus made a fine statement for family models beyond the classic father-mother relationship. child concept. “Chaos at the Fire Station” isn’t quite as accurate. Not even close. Andy Fickman simply presents one of countless harmless US comedies. But without vulgar humor, there are no jokes below the belt here. And even if the film ends up being a little too contrived towards a happy ending, you can still watch an hour and a half of passionate acting, child-friendly practical jokes and a family film-friendly message about the value of a family. There are better things, but definitely much, much worse.
Conclusion: “Playing with Fire” is a harmless, off-the-shelf fish-out-of-water comedy that will appeal to the target audience of “Daddy Without a Plan” fans. For everyone else interested in firefighting, just watch the 2018 drama “No Way Out” for more drama or “Dating Queen” for more absurd John Cena humor instead.
“Playing with Fire” can be seen in USA cinemas from February 27th.