In Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Tina Fey plays a reporter who’s told if you like your job then you’re really going to love moving to Afghanistan. And the next thing she knows, she’s looking out the window like, “Yep, I’m in effin Kabul. I know this because there are way too many goats.”
The moment Tina gets to Kabul Margot Robbie tells her, “I’m also a reporter and I would like to take your bodyguard in that room for a little game of Taliban sheet shuffle.” And Tina is like, “Great. I have a boyfriend and that guy’s a giant Australian tool.”
But pretty much right after this, Tina gets sent on a mission with our military’s best and brightest who is played by General Billy Bob Thornton. Once they encounter some hostiles the military guys are like, “Ma’am, stay in the vehicle. This is a direct order from General Bad Santa.” This is when Tina goes, “Sitting in this Humvee sucks. I’m pretty sure bullets can hit my press badge.” So she runs up to the fight and films the military using an $80,000 rocket to take out a couple of dudes in a pickup. Way to go military.
Now after that adrenaline rush, Tina does a lot of partying and eventually hooks up with a Scottish reporter played by Martin Freeman. But every time she hooks up with him she’s wakes up going, “Wow, I just keep on making the same mistake. And by the way Scottish dude, it’s really not cool to use my toothbrush.” But Freeman doesn’t care because he’s still able to win her over even though his voice has the romantic quality of Scottish bagpipes.
But drama soon happens when Tina learns Margot is after her job and Freeman gets captured by the bad guys. Fortunately Tina is able to convince General Thornton to take out a whole group of Taliban just to save one Scottish boy toy.
Once she has her man back Tina says, “That was scary. Why don’t you come back to the states with me?” And Freeman is like, “Yeah, I think I’ll take my chances here. A bomb is way less scary than a house with a picket fence.”
The Straight Dope: This movie has funny parts. But to get to these parts you’ve got to eat, pray and love while wearing your steel magnolia traveling pants.
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