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A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan.


(screenplay), (based on the book "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Iain MacKelpie
Ali Massoud Sadiq
Fahim Ahmadzai
General Hollanek
Tall Brian
Shakira Khar
Specialist Coughlin
Geri Taub
Ed Faber
Tucker Wang


2003. After careful consideration, Kim Baker, a news copywriter, decides to leave the relative comfort of a New York desk job and serious boyfriend Chris to accept the assignment to work for three months as on-camera reporter in war torn Afghanistan, as her news agency is looking for anyone within their ranks to fill immediately the empty voids overseas. Her only experience of being in such an environment is going through hostile zone training a few years earlier. Immediately upon her arrival in Afghanistan, she realizes that she is ill-prepared emotionally for this assignment, not only enduring the dangers of the war itself, but also the conditions of everyday life, including largely been seen by men as only a "piece of ass" and a distraction despite her being considered average looking back home and not being overtly sexual, and being an individual with a small bladder who is nonetheless told to stay hydrated at all times. She is largely assisted in navigating this new life by Tanya... Written by Huggo

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From the headlines to the front lines


Biography | Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Taliban Shuffle  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,443,007 (USA) (4 March 2016)


$23,049,575 (USA) (22 April 2016)

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Edited entirely with FCPX (Final Cut Pro X) See more »


Coughlin is a Marine lance corporal. The credits list him as an Army specialist. See more »


Kim Baker: No, you are a bad friend. You are a bad friend. In America, I would get a book deal out of this shit! You can't just do this, OK? I haven't been on the air in months! My best friend here, almost died, and I am jealous of her. And I am just... Fuck this! All of it!
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References Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »


Smoking In Bed
Written by Marty Stuart & Billy Bob Thornton
Performed by Billy Bob Thornton
Courtesy of Lost Highway Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Best Movie About Women in War Since Fort Bliss
15 March 2016 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

OK, so Tina Fey isn't actually a soldier, but she's not the horny bimbo who gets busy with George Clooney in Three Kings either. Its now clear that Tina Fey is one of the most multi-talented people in the entertainment world, and this movie will go far toward solidifying her reputation as a broad gauge polymath. Aside from everything else, its clear she's a wonderful actor, and interestingly enough all the really strong central characters in this movie are indeed women (as Tina ruefully laments that she should have googled one particular character.) Don't worry, there's plenty of blood and guts, bad language, and techno porn for the teen-aged boys (why on earth would anybody come to a R rated movie with WTF as the title and give it a bad review for being shocked by language, sex, and violence. Don't however, expect Margot Robbie or anyone else to replay Margot's Wolf of Wall Street shenanigans.) Even the Anglo actors playing indigini (as we called the locals in Viet nam) are wonderful. Well worth seeing, worth owning.

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