Live Free or Die Hard

Theatrical Release: June 27, 2007
DVD Release: November 20, 2007
Live Free or Die Hard


Live Free or Die Hard is the ultimate summer action ride. In a season overflowing with CGI Fantasy, Live Free or Die Hard gets real-with real action, real humor, and a relatable everyman hero: John McClane. On the July 4th holiday, an attack on the vulnerable United States infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation. The mysterious figure behind the scheme has figured out every modern angle-but he never figured on an old-school “analog” fly in the digital “ointment.” Bruce WIllis is John McClane. No mask. No cape. No problem.

Dove Review

This film has almost non-stop action and there are some funny moments in it. Willis basically does a self-parody of the ridiculous stunts he survives time after time. At one point when he takes out a helicopter with a car, he says, “I was out of bullets!”

However, the thing that really nagged me as I watched this movie at an early screening was: how can this movie be rated PG-13? It has almost non-stop violence, very strong language throughout, not to mention a brief sexual scene in the beginning in which a female character is fondled. The only reason I can think of as to why it didn’t receive an R rating is that there wasn’t quite as much blood as in some other action-type films. Still, this movie is not family friendly and we can’t approve it due to the excessive violence and language, not to mention the sexual encounter. Even the action scenes were excessive! It stretched believability every minute as it neared the end. Live free by making a choice to see something more family friendly.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing; a man fondles a young woman.
Language: GD-10; J-14; A-15; S-25; G/OMG-7; H-7; D-5; B-4; SOB-1; P-1; Slang for male genitalia-4.
Violence: Almost non-stop: explosions, shootings; several people killed; some shot in head; car accidents; people hit in head or slapped including a woman; fist fights; man shot in leg; some blood on bodies and on foreheads.
Drugs: Drinking
Nudity: Mild cleavage.
Other: A plot to shut down all the computers that control banks, energy, and transportation.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Mark Bomback and David Marconi
Director: Len Wiseman
Genre: Action
Runtime: 130 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter