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A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan.

Writers:

Robert Carlock (screenplay by), Kim Barker (based on the book "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Fey ... Kim Baker
Margot Robbie ... Tanya Vanderpoel
Martin Freeman ... Iain MacKelpie
Alfred Molina ... Ali Massoud Sadiq
Christopher Abbott ... Fahim Ahmadzai
Billy Bob Thornton ... General Hollanek
Nicholas Braun ... Tall Brian
Stephen Peacocke ... Nic
Sheila Vand ... Shakira Khar
Evan Jonigkeit ... Specialist Coughlin
Fahim Anwar ... Jaweed
Josh Charles ... Chris
Cherry Jones ... Geri Taub
Scott Takeda ... Ed Faber
Eli Goodman ... Tucker Wang
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Storyline

2003. After careful consideration, Kim Baker, a news copywriter, decides to leave the relative comfort of a New York desk job and serious boyfriend Chris to accept the assignment to work for three months as on-camera reporter in war torn Afghanistan, as her news agency is looking for anyone within their ranks to fill immediately the empty voids overseas. Her only experience of being in such an environment is going through hostile zone training a few years earlier. Immediately upon her arrival in Afghanistan, she realizes that she is ill-prepared emotionally for this assignment, not only enduring the dangers of the war itself, but also the conditions of everyday life, including largely been seen by men as only a "piece of ass" and a distraction despite her being considered average looking back home and not being overtly sexual, and being an individual with a small bladder who is nonetheless told to stay hydrated at all times. She is largely assisted in navigating this new life by Tanya... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

From the headlines to the front lines

Genres:

Biography | Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Pushto | Dari | French

Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Taliban Shuffle See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,450,275, 6 March 2016

Gross USA:

$23,083,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,972,139
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Opening your mouth when getting mortared" means to keep ones mouth open in the event of a bomb, grenade or other explosion. Explosions create waves of increased pressure, followed by negative pressure, which can be extremely damaging to ears and internal organs. Keeping ones mouth open is said to equalize pressure, therefore reducing internal damage. See more »

Goofs

Billy Bob Thornton's hair and mustache are not even close to US Marine Corps grooming standards. See more »

Quotes

Specialist Coughlin: I hope you got all that on film, ma'am,'cause that right there, that's what we do best. Hearts and minds: the two best places to shoot somebody.
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Connections

References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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Going Nowhere
Written & Performed by Elliott Smith
Courtesy of Kill Rock Stars
By arrangement with Terrorbird Media
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Well balanced movie...
20 June 2016 | by Dr_SaganSee all my reviews

W.T.F. is a movie which tries to belong in too many genres simultaneously, including Comedy, Drama, Romance, War, Action, Documentary, and has a statement to make about pretty much everything including long-distance relationships, politics, professionalism, cultural differences etc. etc.

Without excelling in any of that, it manages to be a well balanced movie in the 110 minutes of its duration.

Tina Fey plays Kim Barker, a real person and an actual journalist, who is dissatisfying from her career covering low profile stories, and decides to go to Afghanistan as a war correspondent for a few months, or so she thought...

The movie has a good structure. It starts as a comedy, something you might expect because of the main actress, but soon the situations become real and more dramatic.

The rest of the cast includes well known actors like Alfred Molina, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Margot Robbie.

Overall: Don't expect a comedy because of Tina Fey. It starts like that but it evolves to other genres really quick. It might not be a great movie but it's not boring and you get something out of the inner journey of the protagonist. How easy is to feel unnatural situations as normal when you are a long way from home...


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