Christmas is coming up, and that means many of us are going to have to make that long trek to a relative's house to stuff ourselves with sugar-laced proteins and watch the same old boring holiday movies.
If you object and suggest watching something that's actually entertaining and unpredictable like the classic action blockbuster "Die Hard," you'll be shouted down as a "Grinch" by a bunch of bored, comatose family members. That is, if they're among the majority of Americans who don't believe Bruce Willis' first foray as John McClane qualifies as a Christmas movie.
Public Policy Polling, a national polling firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina, released the results of a holiday-themed survey on Tuesday. The poll included a number of weird questions like Santa Claus' political party affiliation, whether the Grinch was genuinely rehabilitated at the end of Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and the "favorite in the reindeer primary." Shortly after the poll was released, Rudolph Graham announced he'd be dropping out of the reindeer primary due to lagging poll numbers.
If you're a movie buff, you might have noticed that the pollsters also asked about the status of "Die Hard" as a Christmas movie. According to the poll, which questioned 1,267 registered voters (80 percent by phone and 20 percent online), 62 percent of Americans don't think it qualifies as such, while 13 percent of those polled disagree.
Opening and closing my own belief with an emphatic fact, "Die Hard" IS a Christmas movie and it's perhaps one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time.
The fact that the events of the 1988 film take place on Christmas Eve isn't the only qualifier. "Die Hard" is about one man trying to save a group of hostages, including his estranged wife, who are trapped in a Los Angeles skyscraper by a group of violent terrorists. McClane risks his life to save his fellow man. Is there anything more noble that anyone can do at Christmas time than stop to help a complete stranger trapped in a dire situation?
Plus, if I have to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" one more time, I'm going to walk barefoot across a floor of broken glass to distract myself from the pain.