Parents' Guide to

Die Hard

By Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bruce Willis' breakout film has guns, violence, stereotypes.

Movie R 1988 132 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 33 parent reviews

age 13+

Fine for tweens if you fast forward a couple parts

Minute 23:30 to 23:40 and again roughly between minute 42 and 43 there is female nudity. If you can manage to skip those parts, I thought it was ok for my middle schooler though I’m not a huge fan of all the f-bombs (and he want either)

This title has:

Too much swearing
5 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Great action movie!

This is a great action movie and while it does have some excessive violence and language, I let our teen watch it without a lot of worry. However, there is a scene where a lady runs out topless around 22 minutes and two more scenes around the 42 minute mark that show a poster with a topless woman. We easily just had him look away during these. The violence was a lot but it was mostly short and sporadic, nothing disturbing that couldn’t be handled by a mature 12-13 year old. They also use cuss words throughout the movie. This really doesn’t bother us at all but may others.
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (33):
Kids say (208):

Although this iconic action movie is quite entertaining, some might find parts of it dated and offensive. Released near the end of Ronald Reagan's presidency of rah-rah Americanism, Die Hard takes full advantage of German stereotypes with gigantic, creepy Aryan villains and positioning good ol' American cops as unquestionable heroes. After the movie became a mega hit, Willis -- known mainly at this point for his work on television's Moonlighting -- was reborn as a bona fide action star.

Excellent supporting actors deserve kudos along with Willis and the film's special effects. Rickman's (Galaxy Quest, the Harry Potter movies) slickly evil portrayal of Hans is on the mark, and Reginald VelJohnson (Papa Winslow from Family Matters) gives an excellent performance as the only LAPD officer who's helpful to McLane. Viewers may also recognize 1980s baddies Paul Gleason (The Breakfast Club) as the less-than-helpful Deputy Chief, and William Atherton (Ghostbusters, Real Genius) as an opportunist news reporter.

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