Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Rated R

Do not go to this movie expecting a comedy. It is not. It is very definitely a drama with a few funny lines. The language is raw and there is a lot of military violence. I thought it was boring in places. Eventually, it got better but it didn’t have enough action and there was a lot of talk, talk, talk in a car which made it difficult to hear.

Star Tina Fey is trying to join Steve Carrell and Michael Keaton making the leap from comedy to drama and she does it quite well. She is a very talented lady.

When journalist Kim Barker’s (Tina Fey) life needs something more, she decides to take an assignment in a war zone for three months and stays for three years. There, in the midst of chaos, she finds the strength she never knew she had. Sometimes it takes saying ‘WTF’ to find the life you were always destined to have. “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” also stars Margo Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton. Josh Charles of “The Good Wife” fame make a very brief appearance. I was hoping to see more of him.

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock  (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”) based on the book “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan” by Kim Barker. The biggest problem I had with “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is the script. There wasn’t enough story. Ficarra filled in the lack of story with drinking, partying, and driving.

The cinematography was outstanding. It was interesting to see the deserts and mountains in Afghanistan. I don’t really want to get political here but I heard one woman say, “Why don’t we just give it back to them and get the hell out?” Watching this movie, I kinda feel the same way.

I think this is a movie for a younger crowd. With all the drugs, language and violence the older crowd will be offended.

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is showing at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net. Visit Mary’s website at www.mlcwriter.com