AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 29 – March 6: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

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whiskey tango foxtrot posterOpening Feb. 26, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a comedy set in the midst of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and Pakistan starring the incomparable Tina Fey. Read on…

Fey stars as real life war correspondent Kim Barker, whose novel The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan has here been adapted for the screen by Fey’s fellow 30 Rock / Saturday Night Live / Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt scribe Robert Carlock. Barker’s book is a surprisingly humorous look at her experiences reporting on a warzone, from the terrifying to the sublime and ridiculous, and Fey seems the perfect choice to portray such a remarkable woman.

She is supported by a stellar cast including Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Billy Bob Thornton (Our Brand Is Crisis), Josh Charles (TV’s The Good Wife), Martin Freeman (TV’s Sherlock) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2).

Taking the directorial reigns are Glen Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris, Crazy Stupid Love, Focus) who also co-wrote the uncompromisingly funny Bad Santa. And it seems likely that they will bring the same brand of unflinching humour to Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (WTF, geddit?)

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Nikki Baughan: Tina Fey is a masterful comedic performer, and I can’t wait to see her portray the amazing journalist Kim Barker. That Fey’s 30 Rock co-writer Robert Carlock is adapting Fey’s book makes me even more keen to see.

Anne Brodie: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a comedy about journalists covering the war in Afghanistan, with Margot Robbie, Tina Fey and Billy Bob Thornton? Seriously? I can’t wait to see how they handle it.

Nell Minow: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, for the portrayal of women journalists in challenging circumstances.

Film Details:
Title: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Directors: Glen Ficarra and John Requa
Release Date: March 4, 2016
Running Time: 112 minutes
Language: English
Shooting Location(s): Albuquerque, New Mexico
Principal Cast: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman
Screenwriters: Robert Carlock, from the novel by Kim Barker
Production Companies: Broadway Video, Little Strangers, Paramount Pictures
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Official Site and Trailer

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Candice Frederick, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of February 29 – March 6, 2016

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, AWFJ.org Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.