Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a funny and illuminating story of female empowerment in the malest of environments." Based on journalist Kim Barker’s 2011 memoir 'The Taliban Shuffle', an account of the time she spent in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2004 to 2009.

"Though we ought to be used to the idea of women reporting from war zones—the old notions of 'war is no place for a woman' cling stubbornly. Actually, war is no place for anybody, which is one of the ideas nailed by the zig-zagging, high-spirited 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.' Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (writers of the curmudgeonly Christmas masterpiece 'Bad Santa'), 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' is a fictionalized version of former Chicago Tribune journalist Kim Barker’s 2011 memoir The Taliban Shuffle, an account of the time she spent in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2004 to 2009. In 'Foxtrot', Barker has been transformed into a broadcast journalist named Kim Baker, and she’s played by superstar comic Tina Fey.

"When Fey’s Kim first arrives in Kabul—she’s a lowly writer of news copy who volunteers for the gig to shake up her staid life—she gets everything wrong:  Her experience is a model of what it means to learn as you go. Fey’s Kim is also, of course, a woman finding her way in an Islamic culture whose strictures have been tightened even further by Taliban rule.

"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is boldly entertaining. Margot Robbie plays Kim’s game, hard-partying bestie, Billy Bob Thorton is mavellous as a taciturn Marine colonel, Martin Freeman is the rascally freelance photographer she sleeps with against her better judgment, Alfred Molina is the high-ranking Afghan government official who salaciously tries to lure her into bed. All are wonderful, and Fey is terrific too: Her timing has always been superb, but she shows a new, surprising softness too.

"By now you may be asking, Should a movie about reporting from such a deeply troubled country really be this entertaining? When Fey’s Kim finally realizes how hard she’s fallen for this dusty, despairing country—and how hooked she’s gotten on the adrenaline kick of being there—the sly complexity of 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' slips into focus." - TIME Magazine


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