If anything, A Good Day to Die Hard just shines a spotlight on how great Die Hard and Die Hard 2 were back in the day—and how it’s probably time for John McClane to retire somewhere warm.


  • Drugs/Alcohol: References to drinking and drug use.
  • Language/Profanity: Expletives, particularly the “f” word, as- and sh--, are used throughout, plus there are several scenes where Jesus’s name is taken in vain or paired with da--. A middle finger is extended. Several uses of John McClane’s signature catchphrase “yippee ki-yay motherfuc---.
  • Sex/Nudity: No onscreen sex or nudity. There’s one scene where several women are shown in their bras and panties.
  • Violence: There’s a high body count thanks to gunfire (some at very close range), strangulation, stabbing, explosions and choking of guilty parties—and some innocent victims, too. Dramatic car chases also cause a slew of casualties, as does a particularly volatile sequence involving an airplane.

Christa Banister is an author and full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

Publication date: February 14, 2013