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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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
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 Daphne-Carvalho superstar
... 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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