Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

In Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Fey brings her likable charm and nervous, goofy energy to the role of network reporter Kim Barker, tapped to spend some time reporting on the front lines of Afghanistan in this comedy/drama.  The film is pretty much what you'd imagine:  Fey as Barker struggles to be taken seriously as a female reporter in a country that doesn't allow women to so much as show their faces, struggling against both the military culture and the Afghanistan patriarchal culture - eventually, she learns how to succeed in doing her role.

 Along the way, there are all sorts of funny, interesting characters, and some moments of danger.

As a film reviewer, you're supposed to try and be objective and not view the film through the lens of your personal experiences.  This was hard for me because I was an infantry soldier in Afghanistan.  For myself, the situational comedy related to Fey being in danger, or experiencing some mild hardship was just too slight.  I kept wanting to say to the film, "Hell, that's nothing..."

The film is at its best when it's showing the "behind the scenes" world of journalists in Afghanistan, including the partying and drinking - it's an interesting view into a world that few people have experienced.

Mostly, though, I consider the film a series of missed opportunities.  There are so many complexities to the war in Afghanistan to consider and the film offers only an Afghanistan-lite assessment.  The war and those that fought it in deserve something a bit more nuanced and sophisticated.