Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 2016, dir. Glenn Ficarra & John Requa

A Constant Visual Feast

whiskey-tango-foxtrot-movie-posterWhiskey Tango Foxtrot has a Tina Fey problem, but then again, Tina Fey’s movie career has a Tina Fey problem. How is it this hard to figure out how best to transition Fey’s multi-pronged TV persona into multiplex success? Maybe it’s worth looking at Fey’s big-screen choices before we look at her as an actress: movies like Date Night and the abominably bland Admission don’t really suit her gifts for presenting normalcy in abnormal settings, a’la Liz Lemon, while Sisters makes up for Baby Mama, a movie that commits the same crime as the other aforementioned two films in Fey’s list of credits.

It seems like easy calculus, maybe even addition, but letting Fey be herself, even a reined-in version of herself, is an easy formula for big-screen success, and so Whiskey Tango Foxtrot looks good on paper: put Fey in the role of Kim Barker, an international journalist who spent several years…

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