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Movie Review: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

     Comedian Tina Fey stars in the new movie, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, but it’s more drama than comedy.

     The movie is based on the real experiences of Kim Barker, a TV producer sent to Afghanistan in 2003, and it tells the entertaining story of a woman in her forties who decides to change her boring life by starting over in a dangerous and completely unfamiliar place.

      It’s also about how she got addicted to the adrenaline rush of covering a war until she finally realized that if she stayed there much longer, she’d either be killed or become someone she really didn’t want to be.

Woman in the street: Cover yourself, shameless whore.

Kim’s translator: She says, “Welcome to Afghanistan.”

       Thrust into the middle of an absurd war in a country where women are second class citizens to say the least, Tina Fey as Kim Baker moves into a large house full of other foreign journalists and expatriate war contractors. The only other female in the house, is Margo Robbie as Tanya.

Tanya: In New York  you’re like 6 or 7. Here you’re a 9, borderline 10. 

Kim: What are you here, like a 15? 

Tanya: Yeah.

       Kim gets embedded with a marine unit headed by a general played Billy Bob Thorton.

General: This is an extreme environment. I’ve seen people with actual experience make bad decisions here.

       Even though she’s a fish out of water, Kim adapts quickly. And she enjoys the nightly parties with her hard drinking compatriots.

Kim: I wanted out of my job. I wanted out of my mildly depressive boyfriend.  I just wanted to blow everything up.

Afghan woman: That’s the most American white lady story I’ve ever heard.

       Soon, Kim must fend off the advances of a corrupt official.

Kim: You should let me interview you.

Official: But I do not know you. How can we get to know each other?

      Kim eventually gets involved with a Scottish photographer played Martin Freeman.

      WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is about the absurdity of war and the way people can become addicted to its heightened reality—the fear and the danger, not to mention the temptation to take greater and greater risks. It’s smart, often funny, and far more realistic that you’d ever expect from a Tina Fey movie.

        Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now.         thunter@hawaiinewsnow.com

     

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