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  Rated R · 111 minutes · 2016

Biography, Comedy drama, War
John Requa and Glenn Ficarra strike a nice balance between “war is hell” and absurdist comedy in their adaptation of Kim Baker’s memoir about life as a journalist in U.S.-occupied Afghanistan from 2003 to 2006. Tina Fey plays Baker, stretching her acting muscles to play a network copy writer/producer who volunteers to cover Kabul as a way to shake herself from a career rut, then finds herself getting hooked on the adrenaline-fueled insanity of the “Ka-bubble.” The narrative is almost entirely episodic, following Baker’s relationships with her makeshift Kabul family—including a fellow reporter (Margot Robbie), her Afghan guide/translator (Christopher Abbott) and a horny Scottish freelance photographer (Martin Freeman)—in a place where “normalcy” is an oxymoron. And while Fey seems far less comfortable with the drama than with the comedy—and the script by 30 Rock veteran/Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt creator Robert Carlock is better in general when it’s funny than when it’s trying to make a point—there’s still a solid story here about Westerners trying to cope with war-zone craziness. That’s how you put some bite in what is basically a “white lady trying to find herself” tale.


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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Official Site: www.whiskeytangofoxtrotthemovie.com
Director: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
Producer: Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey, Ian Bryce, Charlie Gogolak, Sam Grey and Eric Gurian
Cast: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Christopher Abbott, Billy Thornton, Nicholas Braun, Sheila Vand, Evan Jonigkeit, Josh Charles and Fahim Anwar

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Connect Savannah Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot If the film never delves too deeply into the sociopolitical aspects of its setting, it’s still gripping enough to make it a sound vehicle for Tina Fey. by Matt Brunson 03/08/2016
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Charleston City Paper Tina Fey's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot straddles the line between comedy and drama with mixed results The biggest problem with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is that it stars Tina Fey and was written by Robert Carlock, who along with Fey created the TV hit 30 Rock. Anyone familiar with their work will expect this movie to be a straight-up comedy, and understandably so, given their track record and the humor-driven trailers. by Dan Hudak 03/02/2016

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