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While WTF is far from FUBAR, Tina Fey and Martin Freeman are just barely enough to overcome the picture's glib predictability and limited worldview. Read critic reviews

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In 2002, cable news producer Kim Barker (Tina Fey) decides to shake up her routine by taking a daring new assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dislodged from her comfortable American lifestyle, Barker finds herself in the middle of an out-of-control war zone. Luckily, she meets Tanya Vanderpoel (Margot Robbie), a fellow journalist who takes the shellshocked reporter under her wing. Amid the militants, warlords and nighttime partying, Barker discovers the key to becoming a successful correspondent.

Cast & Crew

Tina Fey
Kim Barker
Margot Robbie
Tanya Vanderpoel
Martin Freeman
Iain MacKelpie
Alfred Molina
Ali Massoud Sadiq
Christopher Abbott
Fahim Ahmadzai
Billy Bob Thornton
Colonel Walter Hollanek, USMC
Sheila Vand
Shakira Khar
Evan Jonigkeit
Specialist Lance Corporal Andrew Coughlin, USMC
Robert Carlock
Screenwriter
Tina Fey
Producer
Ian Bryce
Producer
Charlie Gogolak
Executive Producer
Sam Grey
Executive Producer
Eric Gurian
Executive Producer
Xavier Grobet
Cinematographer
Jan Kovac
Film Editor
Nick Urata
Original Music
Beth Mickle
Production Design
Lisa K. Sessions
Set Decoration
Lisa Lovaas
Costume Designer
Tiffany Little Canfield
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Critic Reviews for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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  • Oct 20, 2017
    Even with Tiny Fey as the protagonist, you shouldn't expect a waterfall of gags. The humor is much more subtle than we're used from her, but it's still typical Fey. The movie takes its setting very seriously, though. The story is based on real events and does not shy away from showing the ugly sides of a war. But, very much like life itself, tragedy and comedy are sometimes closer than you'd expect. The cast has a few really big names to offer and the ending is just perfect. Overall a very satisfying experience.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2017
    I watched this because of Tina Fey - after all, who doesn't love Tina Fey? - and really she's pretty much the only reason you'd need to see this true story adaptation. Frankly, the woman she portrays has numerous unenviable characteristics, like insensitivity towards the well-being of others, and a pursuit of career while ignoring the world around her. I'm sure this American journalist who spent four years in Iraq had many memorable experiences, but not every biography Is worth cinematic treatment.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2017
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  • Dec 29, 2016
    I always enjoy a Tina Fey movie when the chance presents itself. Her writing and producing is usually above average and she was always one of my favorites on network TV. The problem with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, aside from the name being completely lost on me outside of the WTF acronym, is I couldn't tell if I was watching a drama infused with some comedy or a comedy infused with some drama. There's nothing worse than watching a movie for two hours and not knowing whether it's appropriate to laugh or not. I enjoy watching movies about informative periods in my time I'm not always the most up-to-date on, like the war in Afghanistan. It truly was overshadowed by Iraq during the mid 2000's, and while most people understand it as the hotbed for the Taliban and Osama, it appeared there was more to it behind the scenes of the media. Insert Kim Barker (Tina Fey) and her small band of press colleagues. We are rushed through much of their character background, so there's never really a true moment to feel for or bond with any character over the two hours. The events that play out (even without having prior knowledge) are predictable and sort of uninspiring. Fey and her co-stars do just enough on their unfocused script to keep you slightly entertained off their charisma, but despite being a fan of all the players involved (Freeman & Robbie to boot), there's just not enough focus here to give WTF more than a glance.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer

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