Die Hard 2: Die Harder

  • Review Date: November 29, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1990
  • Running Time: 124 minutes

Common Sense Media says

John McClane spreads vigilante Christmas cheer.
  • Review Date: November 29, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1990
  • Running Time: 124 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Good" and "bad" are clearly distinguished but violence is used to solve all problems. It presents a very complex image of government, police, and civilians (traitors, incompetents, and vigilantes).

Positive role models

The film includes extremely violent individuals, both on the sides of good and evil. All engage in excessive violence, but the film does not really interrogate the type of violence used by the film's hero. His role as savior for the innocent rationalizes his killings in the world of the film.


Murder of the innocent, lots of gunplay, freak accidents involving machinery, explosions, human stampedes, graphic executions of members of the police force, knife fight and graphic stabbing, throat slitting, dismembering, plane explosion, premeditated airplane crash (and death of all of its passengers.)


Brief (non-sexualized) male nudity.


Repeated use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "c--ksucker," "a--hole," and more.



Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Die Hard 2 features constant and extreme violence. Both the good guys and the bad guys put innocent people in harm's way. They use strong language ("f--k" and "s--t") and physical violence to get their points across. In addition, as with all of the Die Hard films, the protagonist McClane seeks justice through his own means that are contrary to rules of law.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

After saving L.A. from the evil Germans, John McClane (Bruce Willis) was hoping to spend a peaceful Christmas with his family in the nation's capitol. Instead, he finds himself in middle of a terrorist plot to blow up the airport. In his attempt to save the day and rescue his wife (who's trapped on one of the circling flights), he must negotiate military-trained commandos (led by William Sadler), inept police, and government forces (led by John Amos).

Is it any good?


DIE HARD 2 repeated the success of the first film and helped continue Willis's rise to stardom. Fans of the first installment will enjoy appearances by Reginald Vel Johnson (Family Matters) as John's LAPD buddy and William Atherton (Ghostbusters, Real Genius) as an opportunist news reporter. This installment also features Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue) as the head of the airport police. Don't miss the thrilling ejection from the airplane, and though playing with a lighter saves the day, make sure the kids know that isn't a good idea.

Families may also want to consider that the main conflict of this film engages with the topics of terrorism and airports. In a post-9/11 America, kids may be particularly sensitive about any hostile combination of these two topics.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about issues regarding the media, the legal system, and national security. How does the film comment on the media, through its presentation of Thornburg and Coleman? How does each character represent the responsibilities of members of the media?

  • What is the point of all the violence in this movie? Is it used to illustrate a point, or for entertainment? What affect does watching a lot of violence have on kids, teens, and adults?

  • The movie presents a complicated relationship between the military and the police. Both John and the head commando Colonel Stewart make choices that deviate from their actual job descriptions. What is the difference between the two? What makes one right and one wrong?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 2, 1990
DVD release date:March 9, 1999
Cast:Bonnie Bedelia, Bruce Willis, William Atherton
Director:Renny Harlin
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Run time:124 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:Restricted

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Teen, 14 years old Written byjrcalhoun759 March 6, 2010
Pretty good movie. Much like the first one, there is lots of language and gunplay. There is no nudity, dont listen to what CMS says. Basicly if you can watch the first one, you can watch this one.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byhomealonefan123 December 14, 2011

great early 1990's classic

awesome airport movie. with lots of cool action
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old December 14, 2009


awsome movie kinda bloody though
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models


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