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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

Here's a story of American war reporter Kim Baker during her time in Afghanistan. In a time when everyone speaks only of Iraq, and one war is a lost war, she decides to jump away from the safety of her training bike and boyfriend and venture into the big unknown, and at first she's not so happy about her decision.

Kabul grows on her though. She meets interesting people. She gets a new boyfriend (after her current one cheats on her). She gets good friends. She befriends the prime minister too, and does some dangerous interviews with dangerous people, and yet the media starts tiring. They don't want more war. They don't want more Afghanistan. But she doesn't want to go back to her office and comfortable apartment in New York either, so she persists, and it all gets crazier and crazier.

Tina Fey plays a memorable main character, and it's a good movie. Funny, crazy, sometimes wise, sometimes sad; sometimes awkward. It paints a picture of Kabul like you didn't know it was... unless you did. I didn't. It's good and bad at the same time. It brings up nuances. A lot of llttle details, cultural differences, personalities... and a lot of crazy parties.

It's all based upon a real story too, a book; memoir: “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days", and I'd say they did a great job at bringing it to the big screen. Why it's classed as a comedy is beyond me, and apparently the title confuses people too. I didn't get it either until I read another review - it's an acronym in military jargon. It spells out WTF - which IMO is very clever wording for a movie that is all that, and so much more, but probably not what you'll expect it to be. Recommendations are higher than the ratings seem to be. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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