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The people have spoken: Die Hard is NOT a Christmas movie

Do you consider Die Hard a Christmas film?

  • Yes

  • No


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Oct 27, 2017
1,136
Die Hard is absolutely in my Christmas movie yearly playlist along with:
Elf
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer (the one with the asshole Santa)
And A Charlie Brown Christmas

Why, Die Hard is as Christmas as candy canes and stockings hung with care...
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,773
Yes and no. I mean, it's not a Christmas movie of the type where you only watch it if it's Christmas. But it's set at a Christmas party, there are multiple references to it being Christmas. It's no mistake that the sequel was set at Christmas as well, or that the song that plays at the end of both is a Christmas (or at least winter) song.

But, hey, if it doesn't make you think of Christmas, then it's just a movie. I vote yes, but it's easy to see the other side.
 

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Oct 25, 2017
6,850
Cape Cod, MA
Now you’re being obtuse.

Unless you’re talking about the Batman version.
Jingle Bells isn't about Christmas. It doesn't mention Christmas, or Jesus, or Santa. It's a song set during winter.

Yet I don't think anyone would, with a straight face, say it isn't a Christmas song. Die Hard was purposefully set during Christmas as a writing decision. It doesn't 'just happen' to take place during the holidays. The book it is based on isn't set during Christmas. They consciously changed that.

Christmas movie.
 
Oct 26, 2017
1,016
Fuck this shit, yo. Best christmas movie ever.

What really annnoys me is the argument that if you set Die Hard at any other time of the year it would still be the same movie, ie; it doesn't require the christmas setting to be what it is. However, you could also say the very same thing about most Christmas movies of which there is no debate/fake controversy over. Take Home Alone for instance. Set that during the Summer: the Mccallister's head off to Barbados or somewhere and leave Kevin home alone during a point of the year where professional thieves take advantages of empty houses. The rest of the plot would play out pretty much the same bar a few minor changes.

See, Home Alone isn't a real cristmas movie, either.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,569
I think this illustrates the problem perfectly. A film can take place during Christmastime and have holiday elements, and that doesn't innately make it "A Christmas Movie". Nothing's stopping you from watching whatever around the holidays, but that doesn't make your viewpoint supreme.

Fuck this shit, yo. Best christmas movie ever.

What really annnoys me is the argument that if you set Die Hard at any other time of the year it would still be the same movie, ie; it doesn't require the christmas setting to be what it is. However, you could also say the very same thing about most Christmas movies of which there is no debate/fake controversy over. Take Home Alone for instance. Set that during the Summer: the Mccallister's head off to Barbados or somewhere and leave Kevin home alone during a point of the year where professional thieves take advantages of empty houses. The rest of the plot would play out pretty much the same bar a few minor changes.

See, Home Alone isn't a real cristmas movie, either.
Home Alone and its sequel heavily mine the theme of Christmas, family, togetherness, and opening oneself up to other people. You could transpose the action but not the themes to another time of year.