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Why do people think that Die Hard is a Christmas movie?

Maturin

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Oct 27, 2017
1,042
SW England
It's a Christmas movie. It's got someone travelling to be with their family with the hope Christmas will bring them together.
Christmas visuals run through the whole movie - the party, trees, toys.
Every opportunity sees a Christmas element thrown in - even the tape McClain uses to stick the gun to his back at the end.
The dialogue is full of references to Christmas.
It has a soundtrack full of Christmas.
The good guys talk about Christmas, the bad guys talk about Christmas "don't you believe in miracles Theo?"

To totally misquote a very early bit of dialogue?
"Don't you have any Christmas movie?"
"Man, THIS IS a Christmas movie."

Me and my wife watch it every Christmas Eve before she heads of to work to do Midnight Mass - she's a vicar. She's as convinced as I am that it is a Christmas movie.
 
Jan 10, 2018
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I was browsing Amazon Prime Video last night and they have Groundhog Day in their Christmas Movies category. I showed it to the wife and she asked what was wrong with that. I pointed out it’s set in February and she just shrugged and said “it’s got snow in it.. That’ll do for me”.

Some people just have low standards, like (luckily) my wife.
 

Chibs

Member
Nov 5, 2017
1,320
Look man, I have my traditions and Die Hard is a Christmas movie just as much as Parasite Eve is a Christmas game! /s
 

DeltaRed

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Apr 27, 2018
2,882
It is definitely a Christmas movie. It's one of those films you enjoy best on a cold wintery night where you're comfortably wrapped up inside watching John McClane blow fools away.
 

Gundam

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Oct 25, 2017
10,004
It’s up there with the pineapple is bad on pizza meme as obnoxious who gives a fuck


But to be serious, you can have Christmas as a Theme be Christmas as a Setting and both are valid. Like how Star Wars is Sci Fi in its setting (therefore it is a sci fi movie) but not traditionally sci fi in its theme.
 

Soundscream

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Nov 2, 2017
3,095
The first music heard is Christmas bells.
Multiple characters sing Christmas songs.
Multiple Christmas songs are on the soundtrack.
The movie takes place at a Christmas party.
The main characters motivation is to get home to his family for Christmas.


It's a fucking Christmas movie!
 

Kuma Bear

Member
Oct 27, 2017
4,060
Japan
This is reminiscent of the argument about whether or not super smash Bros is a fighter.

At Thanksgiving.
Dad trying to reunite with his family for the holidays.
Gobble gobble gobble I have a machine gun.
That doesn't make sense to people outside America though, we don't have Thanksgiving.

I can't recall a single thanksgiving movie actually. So it has to be Christmas if it wants to appeal to a larger audience.
 

BLEEN

Banned
Oct 27, 2017
6,276
It's a Christmas movie. Doesn't have to be, but in my opinion it fits the genre like an ill-fitting glove. I'm saying it fits but not well.
 
Nov 18, 2017
698
It's not about Christmas, it is set a Christmas.

The reason it's held up as a Christmas movie for some (including me) is because it's nice to watch a movie set a Christmas that doesn't have some ridiculous Christmas message to it. Just a fun movie, set during Christmas.

There are thousands of movies about Christmas that completely suck. Let's just have one good action movie we have a tenuous at best connection so we can have some additional fun at Christmas.

Seems an odd thing to argue about.
This is the best take in this entire thread, the only thing thats missing that ill add is that OP sucks, let people enjoy things.
 

Lobster Roll

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Sep 24, 2019
1,028
Chicago, IL
It’s a Christmas movie for people who decided to anoint it as one during a younger, edgier time in their life when they were too cool to ever admit to liking a sappy, sentimental, happy ending for all Christmas movie.
 

Solo

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
7,063
Does it feature Christmas trappings and is watched typically at Christmas?

Son, that's a Christmas movie.
 

Transistor

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Oct 25, 2017
11,897
Cloud City
It's not about Christmas, it is set a Christmas.

The reason it's held up as a Christmas movie for some (including me) is because it's nice to watch a movie set a Christmas that doesn't have some ridiculous Christmas message to it. Just a fun movie, set during Christmas.

There are thousands of movies about Christmas that completely suck. Let's just have one good action movie we have a tenuous at best connection so we can have some additional fun at Christmas.

Seems an odd thing to argue about.
Well stated
 

PJV3

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Oct 25, 2017
6,310
London
It's not a christmas movie, because it's set at christmas with Christmas music and a christmas party and the christmas jokes, blah, blah blah.

Humbug to you too ,op.
 

Shaneus

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Oct 27, 2017
4,468
Next someone will be saying Trading Places isn't a Christmas movie. Fuck you, too.

A Christmas movie doesn't have to be about Christmas, it just has to play a strong part in the theme or setting. Like Jingle All the Way and a stack of other films.

It's a Christmas movie, no one ever said it was a movie ABOUT Christmas.
The actual right answer.
 

Tobor

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,647
Richmond, VA
If you aren’t religious then Christmas is about living your life surrounded by Christmas decorations and trying to have a moment reconnecting to your family.

By that definition Die Hard is absolutely a Christmas movie.
 

hippopotamus

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Oct 25, 2017
6,452
He's reunited with his estranged wife and kids on Christmas Eve. It's a legitimate Christmas miracle. Oh gee what a great movie it would be if he was reunited with his family on President's Day.
 

Memento Mori

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Oct 26, 2017
107
If you changed the music, the plot, the setting and the dialogue- Die Hard would not be a Christmas film. But as it is, it's a film about a man trying to spend Christmas with his family.
 

Fisty

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Oct 25, 2017
6,168
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles could have just as easily been about Christmas, therefore it is not a Thanksgiving movie

Did I parse the logic correctly here
 

OrangeNova

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Oct 30, 2017
3,537
Canada
The plot of the movie is centered around christmas.

The decor in the movie is mostly centered around christmas.

The music in the movie is all christmas music.

There are christmas jokes.

It's a christmas movie?