Tina Fey becomes a leading lady in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”


Tina Fey and her brother have established a scholarship at Philadelphia’s Temple University in memory of their late father.

Correction: March 3, 2016 An earlier version of this article misstated that the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot characters in question are Pakistani.
Even with Fey’s engaging characterization of a middle-aged woman exploiting a journalistic expedition to Afghanistan to achieve the sort of self-actualization found in the Book of Oprah, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is still rather comparable to watching Julia Roberts get her groove back.
And in what was perhaps the most Liz Lemon-esque moment of the night, Fey announced, “It’s now official that I’ve kissed more men on camera than in real life”.
Fey was on Fallon’s show promoting “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot“, a comic drama about war reporting starring Fey as a rookie correspondent finding her way.
Fey plays the similarly named Kim Baker, a cable-news producer who spends time writing bland copy for bland on-air personalities and wondering if there’s anything more to life. “She’s super intelligent, which didn’t come as any surprise, but I was impressed by how she can par-tay!” said the actress with a huge laugh. According to the star, Abbott – who once described himself as a “euro-mutt” and is of Italian and Portuguese heritage – heavily researched his role as Fey’s onscreen guide and confidant. Martin Freeman plays a photographer, Alfred Molina a local politician and finally, Christopher Abbott an Afghan fixer by the name of Fahim Ahmadzai.
Directed in a scattershot style by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and co-produced by Lorne Michaels, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” treats the Afghanistan War with a level of sensitivity but offers no new insights. “The mark of a great comedian is that they find something to say that’s true, but that no one’s noticed yet”, she said. She did it well in the enjoyable This is Where I Leave You. Will you go see it? She holds the center among the zany and shocking chaos in this excellent film, and I was enthralled. Fellow reporter Tanya (Margot Robbie) is more interested in bed hopping than hunting for scoops, informing Kim she’s nearly a 10 in Kabul although she’s maybe a 6 in NY. “Because, let’s face it, actors are very stupid, and a lot of times when you let them talk, oof“.
“From Day One, I was like, ‘Yeah”.
To the filmmakers’ credit, they work hard to get things right while otherwise maintaining some semblance of accuracy. It’s the part of journalism that I love.