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12-Year-Old Furious After Accidentally Proving Die Hard Is A Christmas Movie

12-Year-Old Furious After Accidentally Proving Die Hard Is A Christmas Movie

A young lad is furious with himself and his dad after accidentally proving that Die Hard is a Christmas film.

It's a question that rears its head every year and divides families, but it appears to have finally been settled.

After watching the iconic film for the first time with his dad, the 12-year-old claimed it wasn't a festive movie but merely a film set at Christmas - much to his father's dismay.

The pair then recently watched Lethal Weapon, again the young lad's first time doing so, and the sceptic came up with a theory he believed would prove his argument.

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He said that if Christmas was taken out of either film, it wouldn't change the story.

However, while this is true for detectives Riggs and Murtaugh, it's not for John McClane.

The dad shared his story to Reddit.

He explains: "Last year, I introduced him to Die Hard and I said it was one of my favorite Christmas movies. All year long, he has been trying to argue that it's not a Christmas movie per se, it's just a movie that happens at Christmastime.

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A 12-year-old accidentally proved that Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Credit: 20th Century Fox
A 12-year-old accidentally proved that Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Credit: 20th Century Fox

"My argument was that the whole reason John McClane was even in Los Angeles was to see his family for Christmas and the only reason he was at Nakatomi Plaza was for the Xmas party. He wasn't having it.

"So tonight I introduced Lethal Weapon, which honestly I had forgotten was also set around Christmas. But there we are, watching the opening credits and they're playing 'Jingle Bell Rock', everything is decorated for Xmas, everyone's saying "Merry Christmas" to each other. So I start saying, "look, another Christmas movie like Die Hard!", because I know he's going to argue that it's not.

"He impressed me this time: he said that if you take Christmas out, it doesn't change the story. And he's 100 percent right; Lethal Weapon can stand on its own without the story changing even if it happens in the third week of August. Christmas is not at all integral to any part of that movie.

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"So I pointed out that Gruber's gang in Die Hard needed the reduced security and number of employees in the building for a nighttime Christmas party for them to get into the building easier, but they also needed enough employees at the party to create a hostage situation that would get the FBI out so they could turn off the power, letting them drill into the vault.

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"You take Xmas out and they don't have their opportunity to make their heist. And again, McClane is in that building specifically because it's Christmas."

Adding: "No Christmas, no Die Hard."

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Since it was posted, it has received thousands of comments, with lots of people backing the dad.

Referring to the inspiration behind the original film, one user said: "Die Hard is an adaptation of a book called 'Nothing Lasts Forever', which was also set on Christmas Eve.

"The author set the story at Christmas for the same reason that OP mentions - because it was a practical way for the building to be empty."

Unsurprisingly, however, not everyone was as convinced that Die Hard is, in fact, a festive movie.

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Some claimed it's about the emotional rather than logistics.

"The movie has to evoke the Christmas spirit. Like the message of the movie has to be about togetherness or family bonds or giving, etc. There is a warmth at the heart of certain films that make them "Christmas movies", put another user.

"I think you can make the argument Die Hard fits this mold, but it's a strain. Whereas, for example, the value of being with family during the holidays is the entire point of Home Alone."

What do you think?

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: Entertainment, Funny, Reddit, US Entertainment

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