Fortunately, her local fixer and translator, Farouk (Christopher Abbott), is on hand to help her acclimatize to the desert temps and the restrictive dress code, though conditions are a bit more lax inside the cramped, frat-house-style quarters that Kim finds herself sharing with the other Western interlopers along for this crazy ride.
Signaling the movie’s fast-and-loose way with the truth, Fey is playing not Kim Barker but Kim Baker, who is not a Chicago Tribune reporter but a general news producer for a TV network, stuck writing stories about the dangers of high-fructose corn syrup when, in 2004, a foreign correspondent’s position opens up in Afghanistan.
Being an ideal candidate for the job (childless and unmarried) and feeling ready for something new, Kim bids a temporary farewell to her boyfriend (Josh Charles) and jets off to Kabul, where she lands in a haze of dust, wind and low-grade slapstick: “Cover yourself, shameless whore!
” a local woman yells at Kim (helpfully translated with subtitles), shortly before the hapless foreigner loses all her money.
Born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey on 18th May, 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA and educated at Upper Darby High School, Upper Darby, PA (1988), she is famous for Mean Girls, SNL in a career that spans 1994–present.
Tina Fey gave David Letterman quite the sendoff during her final appearance on Thursday’s “Late Show” on CBS.
“I’ve been on the show 20 times,” she told the outgoing host.“Because I live near by and people cancel a lot.” After explaining that she wears dresses or fancy attire only for Letterman, as opposed to other latenight shows like Jimmy Fallon, ” who’s like my brother,” she proceeded to take off her dress and give it to the amused host.The title of “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is in some ways more interesting to contemplate than the movie itself: Some will immediately recognize it as military-alphabet-speak for “WTF,” while its jammed-together three-word construction may remind others of “Eat Pray Love” or “Zero Dark Thirty” — two movies that, improbable as it sounds, are among the many disparate influences here.Starring a game but tamped-down Tina Fey as a journalist embedded in Afghanistan in the mid-2000s, this haphazard fish-out-of-water dramedy tries to show how the rush of war can become its own weird escape from reality, but never really hits the surreal, satirical groove it’s aiming for.And despite the script’s direct acknowledgment that it’s telling a “white-American-lady story,” the movie never quite shakes off a glib, incurious outsider’s perspective that can tilt into outright cluelessness, particularly where some of its more egregious casting choices are concerned.While it’s certain to outgross last year’s American-in-Afghanistan disaster, “Rock the Kasbah,” Paramount’s March 4 release may struggle to match the box office returns of Fey’s “Sisters,” which preceded it in theaters by less than three months.