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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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SNL alumni Tina Fey steps into the well worn shoes of journalist Kim Barker in Paramount Pictures' adaptation of Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which details her years as a reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan beginning in 2002.
R (for pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images)
Comedy , Drama
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Tina Fey
as Kim Barker
Martin Freeman
as Iain MacKelpie
Christopher Abbott
as Fahim Ahmadzai
Billy Bob Thornton
as General Hollanek
Alfred Molina
as Ali Massoud Sadiq
Nicholas Braun
as Tall Brian
Sheila Vand
as Shakira Khar
Evan Jonigkeit
as Coughlin
Fahim Anwar
as Jaweed
Cherry Jones
as Geri Taub
Scott Takeda
as Ed Faber
Monique Candelaria
as Gerl's Receptionist
Eli Goodman
as Tucker Wang
Matthew Page
as Captain Stern
Thomas Kretschmann
as Airplane Passenger
Lauren Myers
as Woman with Penicillin Scrip
Hakim Zamir
as Qadar
Stafford Douglas
as Sgt. Gundacker
Roman Mitichyan
as Lt. Sanocki
John Trejo
as Force Recon Sergeant
Vic Browder
as Terry
Sterling K. Brown
as Sgt. Hurd
Steve Larese
as On-Air News Anchor
Julianne Medina
as Wedding Girl
Andres Segura
as Private Vides
Bernardo P. Saracino
as Jaweed's Friend
Zarif Kabier
as Ass-Pincher
Beth Bailey
Dylan Kenin
as Antoine
Di Zhu
as Deng Wenge
Soraya Kelley
as Afghan Woman
Lauren Poole
as Embassy Guest
Hank Rogerson
as Embassy Guest
Martin Palmer
as Afghan Elder
Tommy Truex
as CPL. Caswell
Stephen M. Hardin
as Afghan Man
Alan Humphrey
as US Embassy Guest
Gerry Medina
as Wedding Woman
Anthony Martins
as Taliban #1
Brian Barela
as Military Contractor
Omid Zader
as Taliban #2
Katlynn Wilmott
as Reporter - Fun House
Mustafa Haidari
as Riot Interviewee
Kenneth Miller
as Force Recon Team Leader
Jetto Dorsainville
as British Soldier
Saneh Boothe
as Angry Afghan Woman
Gregory Paul Valdez
as Coalition Forces
Monica Sanchez
as Woman in Suit
William Sterchi
as NGO Stoner
Fred Padilla
as Party Bartender
Ibrahim Elkest
as Afghan Police
Elizabeth M. Kallman
as Wedding Dancer
Ron Weisberg
as Navy Corpman
Eric Steinig
as Force Recon Officer
Gustavo Montes
as Afghan Driver
Laura-Love Tode
as Embassy Alpha Girl
Michael E. Stogner
as US Embassy Guest
Ray Hounsell
as Crewman
James E. Lane
as Journalist-Stoner
Steve Corona
as Editor
Christopher Dempsey
as Rangers Fan
Tad Jones
as Sky News Reporter
Kevin Collins
as Sensor Operator
Jonathan Lane
as Reporter
Eric Hooper
as Passenger
Derek Blakeney
as Funhouse Party Guest
Amberlee Toney
as ZNN PA #2
Christopher Atwood
as Drunk Random Guy
Jameson Macmillan
as Beer Pong Guy/Lotus Patron
Lance Blea
as Afghan Police
Juan Carlos Mora
as Afghan Cop
Murad Kirdar
as Foreign Diplomat
Shaun Daley
as Journalist-Stoner
Eric E. Griego
as Airport Information Officer
Michael Benjamin Kirby
as Military Contractor
Ciara Bergman
as Medical Tech
Cliff Gravel
as Ex-Patriot
Erik Gonzales
as Voegeli
Darrick Hurst
as Journalist
Brandon Cekander
as Afghan Businessman
Mateo T. Trujillo
as Coughlin's Kid
Vanessa Martinez
as Wedding Guest
Josh LaCombe
as Reporter
Clint Obenchain
as Sheep Herder
Carlo Armendariz
as Airplane Passenger
William Greely
as Reporter
Kenneth Ham
as Afghan Man in Kabul Street
Becky Hooper
as Passenger
Cody W.L. Smith
as British Royal Marine Commando
Benecio E. Trujillo
as Coughlin's Kid
Charles Jimenez
as Taxi Driver (Embassy Scene)
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Critic Reviews for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (44)

It's a morally messy premise. Afghanistan is not Colin Firth. War is not Love Actually. And that is the problem with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which is overall a charming comedy about a terrible war.

Full Review… | July 22, 2016
The Atlantic
Top Critic

The film offers a fresh look at the adrenaline-laced lifestyle of war correspondents and a timely criticism of TV news. And it delivers some laughs, too.

Full Review… | April 29, 2016
Associated Press
Top Critic

Writer and actress tilt between insecurity and bravado, employing dry, observational humour tinged with occasional sentimental flashes only outwardly out of character.

Full Review… | March 4, 2016
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Tina Fey is the biggest asset but even she's not sufficient to make it worth more than a marginal recommendation and a suggestion to wait until it shows up on home video.

Full Review… | March 4, 2016
Top Critic

Tina Fey grounds the movie in something real, something urgent and human, and she nearly single-handedly saves the movie from itself. The movie itself isn't particularly serious, but she sure as hell is.

Full Review… | March 4, 2016
The New Republic
Top Critic

Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa move things along fast enough to keep [the problem aspects] from sinking in too deeply, and star Tina Fey holds the spotlight with aplomb.

Full Review… | March 4, 2016
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

A highly enjoyable movie which delivers comedy drama and tension all in one!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


As surprising as it may seem for anyone when thinking about the Taliban and the war in Afghanistan, it finds a remarkable balance between comedy and seriousness. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


WTF may not have the most innovative story to tell; middle aged, bored American woman travels to an "exotic" land to find herself only to realize home was where she left... But still there's a lot to be said for execution. Accompanied by edgy humour with the premise being early 2000 Afghanistan, the film does paint a colourful spin on things without being overtly insensitive. There are believable human interactions between the cast and even through the thick coat of laughs there's often a touch of harrowing truth. The climatic end may feel a little unreal and the melodramatic closure may be a little on the nose with a mixed bag of messages but there's an honest message of self discovery here. I also really liked how WTF managed to stay largely unpolitical for featuring a fairly touchy subject, it keeps true to the story it was meant to tell.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

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