Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Movie review by
Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
Die Hard 2: Die Harder Movie Poster Image
John McClane spreads vigilante Christmas cheer.
  • R
  • 1990
  • 124 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & representations

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.

Violence

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.)

Sex

Brief (non-sexualized) male nudity.

Language

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

Consumerism

Twinkies.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byfonzieg April 3, 2015

Fun and energetic, but not as thrilling as the first!

Now here is a great example of a good popcorn action flick! It's not as good as the first, all the thrills from the first are gone. But, it makes up for... Continue reading
Adult Written byleonard p. March 22, 2014

Awesome Movie

there isn't that much gore besides for two deaths that are gory but fake looking, there is a barrage of f-bombs, and it's also non-stop fun.
Teen, 13 years old Written byXx that one bro Xx November 13, 2016
A bit more gory then the 1Rst but still great film but lots of violence I'm not joking a guys eye socket is pulled of a plane crashes with everyone in it l... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 15, 2014

good cartoon but some violence

good movie but there are a lot of gun fights

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love action and adventure

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