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Majority of Brits don't think Die Hard is a Christmas film

Majority of Brits don't think Die Hard is a Christmas film

Oh wow.

Now that the festive season is upon us, it’s time to kick your feet up and enjoy some timely Christmas movies.

But where to start? There’s Family Stone, About a Boy, Love Actually, Batman Returns and Die Hard.

Well, apparently not if you're British.

According to a recent YouGov poll, 39 per cent of Brits say they don’t deem the Bruce Willis classic a Christmas film, whereas 38 per cent did.

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However, 23 per cent of surveyed participants said they didn’t know. It’s a yes or no question lads.

⁠For those who haven’t seen the film, the 1988 movie follows a New York City policeman, John McClane (Willis), visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve.

He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for.

However, the festivities come to a halt when a group of terrorists launch their attack on the exclusive high-rise and take everyone hostage.

McClane springs into action as he realises he’s the only one who can tackle this dangerous mission.

It’s highly regarded as one of the best Christmas films of all time.

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However, some Grinches (yes, GRINCHES) have claimed it’s not a Chrissy movie for quite some time.

I mean, what really defines a Christmas movie?

Does the drink of choice throughout have to be eggnog, does the soundtrack have to be created by Danny Elfman, or does Santa himself have to go down a chimney to be considered a Christmas flick?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, while festive movies undoubtedly need a holiday setting, they also need to amplify the themes of ‘loneliness, cynicism and family dysfunction’.

And while Die Hard doesn’t need to be set on Christmas Eve, it’s quintessentially the story of a man who wants to get home to his family.

Not to mention, his wife’s name is Holly; I mean, come on?

Still, this isn’t enough to convince many Brits.

You know what, just play it safe with The Holiday this December.

Featured Image Credit: 20 Century Studios

Topics: News, TV and Film, Die Hard, Christmas