Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

(2016)

From the headlines to the front lines.

Tina Fey is a brand new war correspondent in this Middle East war dramedy from the directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love. Based on the memoir of Kim Barker, the film follows her first experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Co-stars Margot Robbie (Focus), Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit).

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An unassuming and largely Kabul-set dramedy that never overplays its hand, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot takes place a few years into the war in Afghanistan. Tina Fey stars as journo Kim Baker (this being based on the memoir of Kim Barker) who takes the plunge to become a war correspondent when weighing the offer against her humdrum life Stateside. A slew of fish-out-of-water scenarios follow as Baker collides with Afghans’ cultural norms, joins the ranks of hard-partying journos, experiences life in a conflict zone first-hand and forges a relationship with the US Marines (whose acronym-heavy, expletive-happy lingo informs the title).... More

Predictably, Fey is right at home in the role of a somewhat uptight New Yorker encountering a succession of extroverted characters, brought to genuine three-dimensional life and largely played for gentle laughs by a supporting cast that includes solid contributions from Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. Only Alfred Molina veers into semi-parody as a typically corrupt, unsurprisingly sleazy Afghan politician, with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot generally avoiding a slide into satire, silliness or cynicism.

Baker juggles a number of professional, personal and romantic challenges, and as the film enters its third act I’d braced myself for a message to be hammered home with little subtlety. Luckily that doesn’t come to pass, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot content to wrap up in a politically-neutral and inoffensively tidy fashion that doesn’t offend our intelligence. Some may find the language offensive - though why you’d expect otherwise from boozing, blow-snorting, bonking war journos beats me.Hide


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BY togle grader

I thought this was going be an offensive/funny sort of movie and was surprised how much liked it. I laughed a lot and thought the story line was pretty good.


... Well sort of. Wasn't sure what to expect from this movie. It was a serious subject on a war correspondent in Afghanistan, but starring Tina Fey, whom I associate with comedy. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it. She covered the serious and probably all too real aspects of working in a war zone with a bunch of other news correspondents. The relationships made, culture clashes, were all nicely covered.


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BY d nobody

Pretty boring, very team usa is the best.

something to watch if nothing else is on


BY Karalou superstar

Enjoyed this movie, thought that Tina Fey did a great job. It did seem to be missing some sort of ending, it just kind of fizzled out at the end. However did enjoy it. Thanks Flicks for the chance to view this


BY bigmrt grader

A bit of romance and a bit of girl power, makes for a pretty good date movie (But maybe not first date, as they drop the C bomb a few times). Funny and a little bit touching.


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The Press Reviews

66% of critics recommend.
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  • Robustly entertaining. Full Review

  • Ficara and Requa have an irreverent streak, one that even might strike some as a little flippant against the gravity of the war. Full Review

  • Comedy for grown-ups that sometimes struggles with its ambitious brief, but always remembers that the best laughs contain the odd shard of shrapnel. Full Review

  • As in their previous films (I Love You Phillip Morris; Crazy, Stupid, Love; Focus), directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa enjoy just scattershot success in hitting their seriocomic targets... Full Review

  • The movie never quite shakes off a glib, incurious outsider’s perspective that can tilt into outright cluelessness, particularly where some of its more egregious casting choices are concerned. Full Review

  • The film ... rests in a tidiness that's at odds with the messiness of the milieu. And even when we are exposed to glimpses of wartime violence and menace, it's undercut by fuzzy platitudes near the end of the film. Full Review

  • An appealing mix of charm and chutzpah, [Fey] makes for an appealing and unashamedly flawed guide to the craziness of life in the Kabul "Kabubble". Full Review

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