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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)



Critic Consensus: While WTF is far from FUBAR, Tina Fey and Martin Freeman are just barely enough to overcome the picture's glib predictability and limited worldview.

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SNL alumni Tina Fey steps into the well worn shoes of journalist Kim Barker in Paramount Pictures' adaptation of Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which details her years as a reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan beginning in 2002.

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Tina Fey
as Kim Barker
Martin Freeman
as Iain MacKelpie
Christopher Abbott
as Fahim Ahmadzai
Billy Bob Thornton
as Hollanek, General Hollanek
Alfred Molina
as Ali Massoud Sadiq
Nicholas Braun
as Tall Brian
Sheila Vand
as Shakira, Shakira Khar
Cherry Jones
as Geri Taub
Scott Takeda
as Ed Faber
Monique Candelaria
as Gerl's Receptionist
Eli Goodman
as Tucker Wang
Matthew Page
as Captain Stern
Thomas Kretschmann
as Airplane Passenger
Lauren Chavez-Myers
as Woman with Penicillin Scrip
Stafford Douglas
as Sgt. Gundacker
Roman Mitichyan
as Lt. Sanocki
John Trejo
as Force Recon Sergeant
Steve Larese
as On-Air News Anchor
Julianne Medina
as Wedding Girl
Andres Segura
as Private Vides
Bernardo P. Saracino
as Jaweed's Friend
Zarif Kabier
as Ass-Pincher
Dylan Kenin
as Antoine
Di Zhu
as Deng Wenge
Lauren Poole
as Embassy Guest
Soraya Kelley
as Afghan Woman
Martin Palmer
as Afghan Elder
Hank Rogerson
as Embassy Guest
Tommy Truex
as CPL. Caswell
Alan Humphrey
as US Embassy Guest
Gerry Medina
as Wedding Woman
Anthony Martins
as Taliban #1
Brian Barela
as Military Contractor
Omid Zader
as Taliban #2
Katlynn Wilmott
as Reporter - Fun House
Mustafa Haidari
as Riot Interviewee
Kenneth Miller
as Force Recon Team Leader
Jetto Dorsainville
as British Soldier
Saneh Boothe
as Angry Afghan Woman
Gregory Paul Valdez
as Coalition Forces
Monica Sanchez
as Woman in Suit
William Sterchi
as NGO Stoner
Fred Padilla
as Party Bartender
Ibrahim Elkest
as Afghan Police
Elizabeth M. Kallman
as Wedding Dancer
Ron Weisberg
as Navy Corpman
Eric Steinig
as Force Recon Officer
Gustavo Montes
as Afghan Driver
Laura-Love Tode
as Embassy Alpha Girl
Michael E. Stogner
as US Embassy Guest
Ray Hounsell
as Crewman
James E. Lane
as Journalist-Stoner
Tad Jones
as Sky News Reporter
Kevin Collins
as Sensor Operator
Jonathan Lane
as Reporter
Eric Hooper
as Passenger
Derek Blakeney
as Funhouse Party Guest
Amberlee Toney
as ZNN PA #2
Christopher Atwood
as Drunk Random Guy
Jameson Macmillan
as Beer Pong Guy/Lotus Patron
Lance Blea
as Afghan Police
Juan Carlos Mora
as Afghan Cop
Murad Kirdar
as Foreign Diplomat
Shaun Daley
as Journalist-Stoner
Eric E. Griego
as Airport Information Officer
Michael Benjamin Kirby
as Military Contractor
Ciara Bergman
as Medical Tech
Cliff Gravel
as Ex-Patriot
Darrick Hurst
as Journalist
Brandon Cekander
as Afghan Businessman
Mateo T. Trujillo
as Coughlin's Kid
Vanessa Martinez
as Wedding Guest
Josh LaCombe
as Reporter
Clint Obenchain
as Sheep Herder
Carlo Armendariz
as Airplane Passenger
Kenneth Ham
as Afghan Man in Kabul Street
Becky Hooper
as Passenger
Cody W.L. Smith
as British Royal Marine Commando
Benecio E. Trujillo
as Coughlin's Kid
Charles Jimenez
as Taxi Driver (Embassy Scene)
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Critic Reviews for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

All Critics (212) | Top Critics (64)

This Orientalist storyline is not only problematic and unoriginal, it's also dangerous.

February 10, 2021 | Full Review…

If Whiskey Tango Foxtrot isn't as incisive or as penetrating as it potentially could have been, for a major studio satirical look at the war in Afghanistan there's still plenty of food for thought here.

August 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a morally messy premise. Afghanistan is not Colin Firth. War is not Love Actually. And that is the problem with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which is overall a charming comedy about a terrible war.

July 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Spiked with gallows humour, it has tonal similarities to MASH, and as such it is an entertaining watch.

May 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Fey's character, who has the convincing cynicism of a career journalist, grows in experience as the conflict deepens, and Carlock's deft debut screenplay ensures that death and absurdity hover on either side of a knife edge.

May 12, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film is neither serious enough nor seriously funny. The farce needs to be blacker.

May 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot


As surprising as it may be for a film about the war in Afghanistan, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot finds a remarkable balance between comedy and seriousness. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Even with Tiny Fey as the protagonist, you shouldn't expect a waterfall of gags. The humor is much more subtle than we're used from her, but it's still typical Fey. The movie takes its setting very seriously, though. The story is based on real events and does not shy away from showing the ugly sides of a war. But, very much like life itself, tragedy and comedy are sometimes closer than you'd expect. The cast has a few really big names to offer and the ending is just perfect. Overall a very satisfying experience.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Tina Fey ventures outside of her comfort zone and takes us along for the ride as an all American desk jockey/news copywriter transferred to no less than Afghanistan to follow and report on our men and women on duty there. Moments of high predictability in this typical fish out of water tale are overcome by the likeability of the main players. Not bad at all.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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