Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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MPAA rating: R; for pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images.
Based on journalist Kim 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.

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ScorchingSun
May 18, 2019

at 40 min...
What's the fuss about the title?
A Tina Fey comedy, off-coloured, wacky humour, enjoyable to a point.
But a bit inappropriate in the context of a war zone situation that's still currently killing people ( unlike poking fun at Nazis-the WWII kind and not the ones in office).

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bmanuel
Jan 27, 2019

I agree with JCLLaura's comment this was an enjoyable movie. I was especially moved b Tina Fey's dedication of the movie to her Dad who died just before it was made. As a Vietnam vet it did bring back some uncomfortable memories.
Even with this in mind, I recommend it.

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lavasushi
Dec 31, 2018

I’m not a big Tina Fey fan. Or Billy Bob Thornton. Tina Fey in the barracks, with the troops, getting shot at, in a tank. Tina Fey doing dumb stuff, being clumsy, falling in love. Whatever. The scenery was beautiful, but it was mostly shot in the New Mexico. Duh. I guess that makes sense. Probably only war footage is shot in Afghanistan.

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whatcomhillwalker
Sep 24, 2018

Not sure how this movie got the rating it did. reading the comments and ratiings from other viewers I came to the same conclusion as many others did. Not worth watching. The cover says something like "You'll laugh til it hurts." It hurts from scene one

Although the direction and supporting cast are both good this movie suffers one major downfall.
Tina Fey can't act.
She has absolutely no range of emotion and is incapable of conveying the sorrow, fear, or relief that were so necessary in scene after scene.
If there was supposed to be some point or commentary to the story they conveyed it very poorly.
All I managed to garner was that Afghanistan is a ragged third-world country with corrupt officials, terrorists, and sexual deviants.
I'm not so sure that's what Afghanistan is really like. And, it came across as very bigoted.

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publicenemy46
Apr 02, 2018

I enjoyed this movie a lot something different from Tina Fey.

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RoyalJellyIII
Feb 21, 2018

Quite frankly, this movie was condescending and demeaning towards the people in Afghanistan ( some would even call the movie racist ). The main character was also shrill, abusive and not very funny. Kudos to the supporting players ( Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Barker, and Martin Freeman ) they did a good job propping up the untalented and unlikable lead in the film. Skip this garbled mess.

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Maoisdead
Feb 21, 2018

Not a successful comedy- not a successful drama- this movie fails on both counts. Produced by Lorne Michaels- I wonder what favors Tina Fey bestoyed on Michaels to get such an underwhelming project made by him.
Skip this drab film with it's muddled mix of trying to be hip and making pointed social commentary on the war in Afghanistan- but really ends up being unhip and glib. This is what mediocrity looks like.

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birdy919
Feb 04, 2018

More of a drama with some funny lines and light moments.
Less about the war and more about its coverage.
The film struggled a bit to find its tone and I kept expecting it
to run completely off the rails but it never did. Not bad.

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VonHafenstaaad
Feb 02, 2018

Pretty middling affair- isn't very funny and doesn't offer any insights into the situation in Afghanistan. I'm not really sure why this movie was made- perhaps the book is decent ( I haven't read it so I can't say )- but this movie isn't really worth watching.

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jimg2000
Nov 01, 2016

Kim, did you ever feel like you're manning that tollgate and the engineer's yelling, "I got pig iron, I got pig iron"?
-No. I don't know what that means.
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But they want to walk to the river. It's their only chance to be social and gossip and, you know, hang out.
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I bet you're wetter than a submarine with screen doors now.
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I mean, you're like, a seven, a six or seven in New York? Here, you're a nine. Borderline ten. It's called "Kabul Cute."
-What are you here, like a 15?
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"four-ten-four", Miss Baker? I am not, Colonel.
-It refers to women who are fours back home become tens when they ship out and when they're back stateside, they become fours again.

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jimg2000
Nov 01, 2016

Soldier's heart to heart, part 1 of 2:
Ma'am, I lost my legs because of an IED, not because of you.
-I appreciate that, but if I hadn't quoted you, you wouldn't have been transferred. No, really, you can say whatever you want to me. That's why I'm here.
Okay, well, then let's say you're right. It's still not 'cause of you, ma'am. Some 12-year-old haji had to plant that bomb. And, hell, you know, if Bin Laden's parents hadn't have gotten divorced, maybe none of us would've been in the Stan to begin with. And the Taliban, they wouldn't have even been there for UBL if Brezhnev hadn't have gone and fouled up Afghanistan in the first place. And the British Empire. Yeah. And Kim Baker.
-Okay, I deserve that.

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jimg2000
Nov 01, 2016

Soldier's heart to heart, part 2 of 2:
Goddamn! Once you got no legs, everyone takes everything so serious. I mean, there's only so much any of us have any control of, good or bad. If you didn't learn that in Afghanistan, you were not paying attention.
-So, you're not gonna yell at me?
I mean, ma'am... Kim, you've got to move on. You're giving yourself way too much credit. You embrace the suck, you move the fxck forward.
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We don't wear IBAs (Individual Body Armor) on the FOB (Forward Operating Base) I don't even chamber a round in my weapon anymore, because, you know, I figure accidental discharge is scarier than the Taliban.
-With Iraq, do you feel like people have forgotten about Afghanistan?
Well... Yes, ma'am. I'd say that surely is the word for it. This here's a forgotten war. It's capital F, capital W.

britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

"Your national animal is the unicorn."
"I think that's romantic."
"That's the national animal of the kingdom I ruled when I was eight."

britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

"Kim, you know the frog in the pot of water. You raise the temperature bit by bit. The frog doesn't notice. That's what this place, that's what this job does to all of us. It changes your perception of what's normal until here we are."
"You know the frog boils to death at the end, right?"

britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

"I dig pits to trap others and I fall in. I should be suspicious of what I want."
"I don't know what that means."
"You do."

britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

"The human body produces its own heroin. In fact, when the fight-or-flight instinct is activated in the hypothalamus, your body releases endorphins, dopamine, and norepinephrine, that is heroin, cocaine, and amphetamine all at once."
"Okay, great, are we having the Afghan version of this conversation where, in New York, we would have gotten to the point, like, five minutes ago?"
"There is a reason to believe that a person can get addicted to this type of high. Soldiers, uh, athletes, ..."
"War reporters? Okay, got it."
"An addict always needs a greater and greater dosage and then people make mistakes. People get hurt."

britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

"Look, Nicky, I know you've been specially trained to protect New Zealand from, what, dolphins, but I'm not exactly a war zone virgin."
"Dolphins? What have dolphins got to do with New Zealand?"
"Nothing to do with that."
"Dolphins never hurt anyone."
"I know they've not hurt anyone, mate. I'm just making my point--"
"I'm not going to protect my country from an animal that's not hurt anyone."
"Jesus Christ."
"Dolphins. What a joke."

britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

"I'm so pretty I don't even want to vote."

britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

(hears gunfire)
"What the hell was that?"
"It's probably just a wedding nearby. They like to shoot off guns at weddings here. You get it, you're from Florida."

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britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

Other: Drug and alcohol use are shown throughout, especially in partying scenes.

britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: War scenes may be too intense for some

britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

Sexual Content: There are a few scenes of a sexual nature and some conversations involving sexual language

britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

Violence: Scenes of war can be quite violent and gruesome, including the use of weapons (bombs, guns, etc.)

britprincess1ajax Sep 08, 2016

Coarse Language: Coarse language is used throughout to express astonishment, frustration, etc.

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