Rated: R for pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: March 4, 2016 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Tina Fey stars in this comedy/drama based on real life journalist Kim Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle. She plays Kim Baker (a slight change of name from the original), a New York based TV newswriter who signs up for a transfer to Afghanistan as an on-air correspondent, in part to escape her boring job and to take a break from her boyfriend (Josh Charles).
Even though Kim has no experience in a war zone, she jumps in with both feet. Embedded under the watchful eye of a stern General (Billy Bob Thornton), she makes a lot of mistakes. She isn't sensitive to local customs, nor does she follow orders , even to the point of putting herself and others in danger.
With a shortage of women living in the journalist's hotel, Kim and her fellow reporter Tanya (played by beauty Margot Robbie) are very popular with the male population. She does hook up with Iain (Martin Freeman), a Scottish photo-journalist with a knack for joke-telling and drinking.
In between interviewing a government official (Alfred Molina) or riding along on a dangerous mission, Kim and her cohorts seem to have a lot of free time on their hands. They have dance parties and drink a great deal whenever they're not working.
Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have ntense scenes interspersed with humorous ones, with mixed results. Fey does a good job with this more serious part, however I still expected her to do a pratfall.
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