Clad in military fatigues and seen with a stream of mascara running down her face, Tina Fey goes to war in the opening trailer clip for “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” released Thursday.
But Fey is no Private Benjamin. Based on Kim Barker’s memoir “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” she brings to life the American journalist’s tales of hijinks surrounding the battle zone while working as a war correspondent during Operation Enduring Freedom.
The New Yorker is enlisted by her cable news network on assignment abroad because she’s one of a handful of “unmarried, childless personnel” in her bureau, her boss explains.
Still, it seems the timing was favorable for Barker, who admits she found her life in the Big Apple rather dull. “I just wanted out of my job,” she confides to a woman. “I wanted out of my mildly depressing boyfriend. I just wanted to blow stuff up.”
Barker’s adventure abroad sees her firing off guns during safety training by the U.S. military and partying in the desert with her peers when she’s not reporting the big stories for viewers back home, like a segment on Kabul’s (Afghanistan’s capital) first licensed female driver, who crashes a car during her report. “That sucks, that sucks for women,” she says.
Of course, as one of the few females among her cohorts, she becomes an object of desire–finding romance with a Scottish journalist (Martin Freeman). “In New York you’re a six-seven,” explains a blonde British reporter, played by Margot Robbie, “here you’re a nine–borderline 10.”
“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” opens March 4, 2016.