WTF Movie – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Based on Book The Taliban Shuffle

Tina Fey’s new comedy is based on a true story written by a journalist who complied her stories into a book about what her life was really like when she was reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The movie WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is in-theaters March 4, 2016!
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When reporter Kim Barker’s (Tina Fey) life needs something more, she decides to ‘shake it all up’ by taking an assignment in a war zone. There, in the midst of chaos, she finds the strength she never knew she had. Sometimes it takes saying ‘WTF’ to find the life you were always destined to have. Also starring Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton, the film is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”).






The Book: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan 

The book, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan (now available as Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (The Taliban Shuffle MTI): Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan)
from Kim Barker is a memoir of her experiences overseas.

When Kim Barker was asked how did she get assigned to cover Afghanistan and Pakistan in an interview on KARE11, Barker said that she heard a rumor that the Chicago Tribune was looking to send more female reporters overseas after 9/11 to cover war and conflict. She walked in to the foreign editor’s office and introduced herself and said, “I’m a Metro reporter. I’m single and I’m childless. Therefore, I’m expendable and I’ll go anywhere you want me to go.” We can assume that she was looking for a change in her life.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Movie with Tina Fey

The idea of Tina Fey portraying Kim Barker in a movie was pretty much a given after New York Times Chief Book Critic Michiko Kakutani published her review of  “The Taliban Shuffle” stating:

It’s not just that Ms. Barker is adept at dramatizing her own adventures as a reporter — though she develops the chops of a veteran foreign correspondent, she depicts herself as a sort of Tina Fey character, who unexpectedly finds herself addicted to the adrenaline rush of war.

According to Barker, Paramount had optioned the book on behalf of Tina Fey within two weeks after Kakutani’s review. (WBEZ’s Worldview)

Edit: GIVEAWAY Closed on 2.25.16

Queridos, every time I watch the trailer to WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, I laugh out loud. And after reading Kakutani’s review of the book, I’m anxious to get my hands on it. Are you?

If so, you just may be in luck! I’m giving away one copy of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (The Taliban Shuffle MTI): Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan) to one lucky QMW reader!

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Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Original content creator for ¿Qué Means What? Texas Latina mom blogger celebrating culture in education, entertainment and family life.

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18 Responses

  1. Gloria. Contreras says:

    Fifty Shades of Gray
    Hehee lol

  2. Does Julie & Julia count? I also liked Gone Girl…

    This movie looks amazing and I’d love to win a pair of tix to go check it out!!! Thank you!!!

  3. I have to say the Notebook and The Bridges of Madison County!

  4. Ariana says:

    The perks of being a wildflower, The Time Travelers Wife, and the Great Gatsby!

    I’ve laughed hysterically the few different trailers I’ve seen of this movie! I had no idea there was a book!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  5. Angela says:

    My favorite book turned movie is The Hours.

  6. MTG says:

    Starship Troopers–terrific book, terrible movie.

  7. roger says:

    He Named me Malala.

  8. janie says:

    Heaven is for real

  9. hope says:

    My sister’s keeper

  10. Gabriela RM says:

    The Lord of the Rings Triology. No matter who reads the books, the author’s descriptions are so great that everybody sees the same character. It’s brilliant!

  11. Ashley says:

    Harry Potter!

  12. Mary says:

    This looks good!

  13. gretchen luper says:

    Gone With the Wind, my favorite book and my favorite movie.

  14. Amanda says:

    This looks funny!

  15. Nancy says:

    My favorite book that was made into a movie was Anne of Green Gables.

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