'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' takes a different look at female journalists
Tina Fey hits the red carpet at the premiere of her movie Whiskey Tango Foxtrot on Tuesday (March 1) at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York City.
Kim takes friendly fire from NY (a producer tells her that Afghanistan reports are starting to suffer from "chronic same s - - t, different-day-itis") at the same time that she is liaising with an acerbic but kind-hearted Scottish photographer (a priceless Martin Freeman) who winds up with a very different war experience than the one for which he signed up. Instead, it gets its point across in smaller moments, as Kim fights through prejudices and bureaucratic tangles to bring valuable stories to her viewers back home.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is laugh-out-loud amusing in a lot of places, but it also has a lot to say about gender, the media, and military conflict.
The film was written by Robert Carlock. And yes, it stars Tina Fey (I take full credit). Chasing things that go boom gets her face time on the news.
So this being your first screenplay, you mention that it's sort of hard - this war-journalism-drama-comedy hybrid.
She also fights to define her own identity, and the movie smartly balances its wider concerns with Kim's personal journey, which never comes across as phony or self-important. Was that additionally intimidating, in addition to taking on Kim Barker's story and making a movie out of it? "Yes", she said, "but other than that I think he would have liked this movie".
"When it came to the role of Fahim, and to Sadiq, I said to them, 'Guys, I beg you to be thorough, '" she said.
"It made me really glad to be born here", Fey says. We know that Kim is going to make bad mistake after awful mistake, and can guess people will, at some point, get hurt. In the movie, my boyfriend cheats on me and that's why we break up.
Tina Fey nails the comic absurdity of much of Barker's (Baker's?) life, not only as a woman having to navigate the terrain of a traditionally male profession but also as a Western woman navigating the equally tricky terrain of Muslim culture.
In the meantime, let's just watch this compilation of the film's best bits and quote them ad nauseum until we die. You then went on to work together on "30 Rock" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". "It's not a broad comedy", she says, distinguishing it from her previous work.
"In general, I don't know why I didn't just try to do Mean Girls 2. Sometimes it's okay [to not make a sequel], right?" she responded.
She hates jokes where the punch line is about a cartoon character.
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", a Paramount Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images".
"Is it misogynistic to sleep with a bunch of women who want to sleep with you?"