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Old 12-11-2012, 11:26 AM   Topic Starter
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Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?

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Somebody I know planted that idea in my head a few weeks ago. At first I waived it off dismissively, but now that I think about it, I think I agree with him that it IS a Christmas movie.

So when I said it to other people, they got really defensive about it. Yes, defensive. Is it because they really really like the genre of Christmas movies and don't want something like Die Hard to taint it? I have no clue; I'd much rather watch Die Hard than White Christmas.

If you're saying, "Well, it takes place during Christmas, but that's about all it has to do with Christmas" then consider some of these points:

1. It involves the Christmasy theme of a family man who has lost a lot (namely the relationship with his wife) going on an extraordinary journey/adventure/trial to win her back. All during Christmas.

2. Along the way he encounters evil people that he may not know to be evil at first (like when Hans pretends to be a hostage) but then realizes what he has gotten into.

3. He receives small amounts of help (mostly encouragement and confidence) from his little helpers- Carl Winslow and the limo driver

4. It's got all kinds of Christmas music in the film
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:31 AM   #4
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:37 AM   #5
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:36 AM   #6
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It is actually one of the movies I try and watch over the Christmas break...along with "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles".
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And to answer the OP: The Christmas Movie test. Does someone get a XMas present against long odds? If yes, then yes it is a Christmas movie.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:50 AM   #8
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And to answer the OP: The Christmas Movie test. Does someone get a XMas present against long odds? If yes, then yes it is a Christmas movie.
John McClain gets a machine gun.

So... yes?
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John McClain gets a machine gun.

So... yes?
Daughter gets the Teddy bear... Officer Winslow gets redemption for shooting Trayvon Martin... McClane reunites with his wife.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:55 PM   #11
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I kinda wanna watch Die Hard right now

But no it is not a Christmas movie
The themes of someone losing something, overcoming odds to get it back, receiving help along the way, etc... can apply to a lot of movies

I mean didnt Batman Returns also take place during Christmas?

It is probably better than any Christmas movie I have seen though
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Just because the movie takes place during the Christmas season doesn't mean it's a Christmas movie. Christmas movies are about Christmas (i.e. Miracle on 34th St., A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation). Die Hard is about terrorists and a cop who is determined to stop them.
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Just because the movie takes place during the Christmas season doesn't mean it's a Christmas movie. Christmas movies are about Christmas (i.e. Miracle on 34th St., A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation). Die Hard is about terrorists and a cop who is determined to stop them.
But it also came out at Christmas time if I remember correctly.
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