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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

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A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan.


(screenplay by), (based on the book "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 USA:

$7,443,007, 6 March 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,049,575, 24 April 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Edited entirely with Final Cut Pro X. See more »


Billy Bob Thornton's character is a Marine Corps Brigadier General. However, the insignia on his uniform is that of a Colonel. See more »


Tall Brian: Brian Hooper. Tall Brian. I'm your shooter.
Kim Baker: So, is there another Brian around here somewhere that you're taller than?
Tall Brian: Short Brian. Works for Reuters.
Kim Baker: Couldn't one of you just be Brian?
Tall Brian: Fair enough, didn't think of that. Also, Short Brian's dead.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1984) See more »


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Way better than I thought!
1 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

I went to a screening of WTF, and really just went because it was a free night out away from stress. But I'd have happily paid for this movie. It was well written, the music was spot on (and, for me, music makes or breaks a movie). It's also not a chick flick as I thought. I hope that people will see this movie, because I thoroughly enjoyed it. Frankly, I'm shocked at the low metascore. It deserved much better. Maybe it's one of those "sleeper" movies.

There were plenty of belly laughs, but also drama and action. This movie felt real, and not just because it was based on a true story, but because of the acting, dialog, writing, and heck probably all the aspects of movie making. This isn't a farce, or silly slapstick, I guess I'd call it a dramedy. Or even a drama with a lot of funny moments.

I don't think I've ever seen Tina Fey do such a great job in a dramatic role, and Martin Freeman was equally engaging. Even many of the smaller roles were done so well that you felt attached to the characters.

Again, I wasn't expecting to like the movie, I just wanted a worn-out-mom's-night-out. But what a nice surprise, I did enjoy it! And I think my husband would have also found it as good as I did.

This movie is good. Go see it.

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