Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

WTF is what you will be likely mumbling when this film ends.

Whiskey Tango FoxtrotAt best, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an average film. I know that Tina Fey is trying to make a transition into serious roles, but this movie won’t help her in pursuing that goal.

Based on a true story, it follows Kim Baker (Ms. Fey) as she leaves a boring desk job in the States to become a television correspondent during the War in Afghanistan. Basically pursuing fame and fortune, she spends most of her time on camera dancing and getting intoxicated at facilities open to Western journalists. You are left with the unavoidable conclusion that she spent the majority of her days in Afghanistan hungover.

Since this is a movie with Tina Fey, there are some admittedly funny moments. However, they involve a relationship with a Scottish journalist played by Martin Freeman and a female reporter played by Margot Robbie, and most of those involve the pursuit of booze as opposed to journalist excellence.

Ms. Fey’s prior films include Baby Mama (2008), Date Night (2010) and the recently released Sisters (2015). While this will sound a bit judgmental, if Ms. Fey wants a career that extends beyond becoming a white, female version of Kevin Hart, she needs to be a bit more picky on future roles.

As for Mr. Freeman, he was far more memorable playing Bilbo Baggins in the three Hobbit films (2012-2014), while Ms. Robbie was little more than a journalistic slut who viewed sex as a step towards success before the camera. If you really want to see this beautiful actress in a great role, hunt down her small performance in a bathtub in the Oscar nominated The Big Short.

Like Triple 9, a movie that I recently reviewed, this film is destined to be quickly forgotten. As the old saying goes, there’s nothing “there there”.