The Cleveland Show “Die Semi-Hard” Review


I think tonight’s episode of The Cleveland Show, “Die Semi-Hard” might have been a whole lot funnier to me if I had seen Die Hard more than that one time back in college when I had to for the film class I was taking. I have nothing against action films (Air Force One always chokes me up), but it’s not exactly my genre either.

Still, Cleveland and the gang gave their first parody their best effort and thanks to an abundance of general 80′s jokes, it was still amusing. Cleveland got to play Bruce Willis, of course, and the bear made a great Alan Rickman. Ah, the simpler days when bearded British men made for believable terrorists.

Although I recognize that Die Hard is one of those movies that isn’t really about Christmas, but invariably gets listed whenever one sits down to write a list of Christmas movies, I really think the show would have benefited from picking a different movie for their holiday episode. Die Hard might be a classic action film, but it has nowhere near the level of instant recognition that helped make the Family Guy Star Wars parodies so popular.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that even if a Family Guy fan wasn’t a massive Star Wars fan, he or she could enjoy those parodies anyway because of the strength of the characters playing the parts. The Cleveland Show has some great characters, but the always outrageous Rallo sat on the bench for most of the episode.

The show just doesn’t have enough “bits” yet to have made non-Die Hard fans hang on ’til the end. As if to prove that, they had to borrow a Family Guy bit in the form of the Mexican maid, Consuela. The funniest moment for me was when Cleveland swung himself into a tub only to have the tub nearly fall out the window, as happened so many times during his days living across the street from Peter Griffin.

The Cleveland Show seems to work best when it’s forging its own path, rather than following a path that its sister shows have already tread down. I appreciate an homage, but even though they got me to laugh, I think this episode could have been a lot better.

What did you think? Let me know below!

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  • Vince

    I saw Die Hard recently (less than 4 months ago) and no, it didn’t help to make this episode any funnier. I think they gave it a good try, but the material they chose just didn’t translate like the Star Wars Trilogy did for Family Guy. Perhaps they could pick another film. Would Cleveland make a good Indiana Jones?

  • cookie monster

    No sir, I didn’t like it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xavmoore Author Xavier Moore

    “Bearded British men” do still make believable terrorists. Just ask anyone in the Middle East.

  • Shannonblues2000

    There were good parts. I shot a kid!

  • Stased231

    this was horrible. the movie was a whole lot funnier.  even though Die Hard is an action movie, its pretty funny. if you parody something funny… try to make it funnier or just stfu

  • ChuckFinley

    You are joking right? Die Hard not being instantly recognisable? What the hell have you been smoking?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jynxis Steve Lang

    Yes, while I will agree that this parody did not match up to Family Guy’s level of parodying… i wouldn’t say it was bad.  Personally I think they should give it another shot with Die Hard II, if that fails try something else. Personally I could see Junior as Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones Jr, Cleveland his father Henry Sr, Rallo as that boy from temple of doom, or if we go current, his son.. Even so, i wouldnt discount Die Hard just yet. This is McFarlane were talking about.

  • Hrd2stp

    I must say it all depends on your outlook. I like star wars movies but not  enough to watch again and again. That could not be said about Diehard. I have seen this action flick numerous times and If i am channel surfing and bump into it I will stop and watch. This episode accomplished what it was supposed to (HAVE FUN)
    people, relax it is a cartoon enjoy it for what it was a fun twist of a action movie. 

  • Hrd2stp

    I must say it all depends on your outlook. I like star wars movies but not  enough to watch again and again. That could not be said about Diehard. I have seen this action flick numerous times and If i am channel surfing and bump into it I will stop and watch. This episode accomplished what it was supposed to (HAVE FUN)
    people, relax it is a cartoon enjoy it for what it was a fun twist of a action movie.

    • Lou

      I just bumped into this cartoon ‘Cleveland Show’ for the first time while surfing through channels on tv and I must say I really enjoyed it because I’m a movie fan and it took me only a few seconds to realize that it was a ‘Die Hard’ remake. It was really funny to me because I knew the exact words in the original Die Hard. The only reason why I am here on this website with my comment is because I just googled the cartoon the see what the show was about and how this Die Semi Hard episode was reviewed. For me, it’s a 4 out of 5.

  • Alanjones666

    I was disappointed that Cleveland’s vest didn’t change colour half way through. That would have shown real attention to detail.

  • Cazz Sdmf

    it was bad because the show and its characters suck, especially cleveland…fail

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