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It’s John Cena versus kids in this trailer for Fighting with Fire

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Not sure what it is with big muscled men wanting to star in comedies for kids, but it seems Hollywood is continuing a trend that started with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop and continued with Dwayne Johnson in The Tooth Fairy. Now John Cena is having his opportunity to go from muscle-bound hero to childminder in this new family comedy Playing With Fire.

Directed by Andy Fickman and written by newcomer Dan Ewen and Matt Lieberman, Playing with Fire uses the aforementioned Kindergarten Cop formula of pitting a tough-guy actor against a pack of trouble-making children, with the kids once again seemingly coming up on top. This time around Cena plays a hard-headed and tough firefighter who, after rescuing a group of kids in a tragic fire, needs to look after them until they can find legal guardians. What follows turns out to be a predictably tougher job than he and his fellow firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and fellow wrestler Tyler Mane) had ever imagined.

As a movie, this looks predictably formulaic and is easily targeting a young audience with its silly gags and humour. There is no doubt going to be some heartwarming character moments in there somewhere, but otherwise appears largely forgettable and the kind of movie that only gets seen because parents need to watch something with the kids.  These movies often tend to only work based on the strength of the star and while Cena has shown a knack for comedy, I’m not sure he is enough to hold this movie together.  

He just seems a more effective actor with a gun, rather than a kid, in hand. I mean, we get it, these big men all have softer sides, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t rather prefer to see them running around and fight people instead.

Playing with Fire is out in cinemas this November

Last Updated: July 18, 2019


  1. Dr Webster Flexington

    July 18, 2019 at 12:20

    I think John Cena is taking a page from the Rock’s playbook.
    a) Do a couple of kid’s movies!
    b) Ignore the ridicule storm!
    c) Make a few romantic comedies
    f) PROFIT!!!!


  2. Yahtzee

    July 18, 2019 at 12:39

    I’m gonna go ahead and give this one a yikes/10


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      July 18, 2019 at 13:06

      We all know you’d watch it if it was an anime.


      • Yahtzee

        July 18, 2019 at 13:14

        But it’s not now is it


  3. Magoo

    July 18, 2019 at 12:39

    So many professional WWE stars have made a successful move to Hollywood. Just to name a few:

    Steve Austin
    Jason Momoa
    Dave Bautista
    Dwayne Johnson
    Now John Cena

    Honestly I enjoy all of their acting for the most part. Keep ’em coming WWE.


    • Dr Webster Flexington

      July 18, 2019 at 13:23

      When will Jason Momoa admit that he’s actually Roman Reigns. He can’t keep on fooling us. We’re on to him.


      • Magoo

        July 18, 2019 at 13:50



    • For the Emperor!

      July 18, 2019 at 13:40

      Momoa was a a wrestler? Where and when?


      • Magoo

        July 18, 2019 at 13:49

        I have been a fool. 0.0 He just looks exactly like Roman Reigns.


  4. Geoffrey Tim

    July 18, 2019 at 13:23

    I think he can take them.


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