Entertainment·FILM REVIEW

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, war-reporting comedy, among Tina Fey's best films yet, says CBC's Eli Glasner

Imagine a less ambitious Liz Lemon and you get Tina Fey's character in the new war-reporting comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, based on Kim Barker's war-reporting memoir The Taliban Shuffle.

Film based on Kim Barker's war-reporting memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Yes it plays fast and loose with the facts, but as a Tina Fey film, the dramedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is one of her best yet, says CBC's Eli Glasner 3:14

Imagine a less ambitious Liz Lemon and you get Tina Fey's character in the new war-reporting comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Fey stars as a cable news producer-turned-war correspondent in Kabul in this film inspired by real-life journalist Kim Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Tina Fey portrays a news producer-turned-war reporter in the new comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. (Frank Masi/Paramount Pictures and Broadway Video/Little Stranger Productions/Associated Press)

Yes, the movie plays fast and loose with the facts of Barker's book and, like many films about Afghanistan, actual Afghans are more of an afterthought than part of the main story.

But as a Fey film, it's one of her best yet, says CBC film critic Eli Glasner. 

Though initially sold as The Hangover set in Afghanistan, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is not an outright wacky comedy, but instead tells a much more subtle, dramatic story.

Watch the video above for Glasner's complete review.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Though initially sold as The Hangover set in Afghanistan, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is not an outright wacky comedy, but instead tells a much more subtle, dramatic story, says CBC's Eli Glasner (Frank Masi/Paramount Pictures and Broadway Video/Little Stranger Productions/Associated Press)

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Eli Glasner

Entertainment reporter and film critic

Eli Glasner is a national entertainment reporter and film critic for CBC News. Each Friday he reviews films on CBC News Network as well as appearing on CBC radio programs coast to coast. Covering culture has taken him from the northern tip of Moosonee, Ont. to the Oscars red carpet.

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