Starring: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Sheila Vand, Nicholas Braun
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: War comedy drama directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, based on a true story which follows war correspondent journalist Kim Barker (Tina Fey) recounting her experiences covering conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan while at the same time developing a crazy relationship with a fellow journalist from Scotland, Iain MacKelpie (Martin Freeman).
Verdict: This is Tina Fey at her best here, and although the story is uneven and a little predictable, it is still entertaining with some good humours parts.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 29)
Kim Barker: [voice over] Everyone needs to shake up their life now and then. Maybe I went too far.
[as they are in a military jeep driving down a road]
Force Recon Sergeant: Are you okay, ma’am?
Kim Barker: I gotta pee.
[they stop; Kim goes to pee in the bushes on the side of the road as the whole military unit waits for her]
Lt. Sanocki: We’re still 5 max. The asset must be dumping out.
[quickly pulls her pants up]
Kim Barker: No, I’m just getting my pants on!
[at a staff meeting]
Ed Faber: The network needs reporters on the ground in Afghanistan, and you folks are all the unmarried childless personnel in this bureau.
[one of the female employees starts to cry]
Ed Faber: Kim, are you going to be joining in?
Kim Barker: The travel or the crying?
[another female employee beings starts crying]
Kim Barker: How many people do you need?
[as Kim steps out in the street in Afghanistan a woman starts yelling at her]
Afghan Woman: [subtitled] Cover yourself, shameless whore!
Afghan Translator: She says, “Welcome to Afghanistan.”
Afghan Translator: [to Kim] This is where the foreign news reporter live.
British Journalist: Welcome to the fun house.
Nic: [to Kim] My name’s Nic. I’ll be doing your security.
[wakes up one morning to see Nick working out with his shirt off in the garden]
Kim Barker: You gotta be shitting me.
[Kim meets another reporter, Tanya]
Tanya: Oh, my God. It’s so nice to have another woman in the house.
Tanya: Can I ask a favor, Kim. I feel so rude even asking this.
Kim Barker: Yeah, sure.
Tanya: Can I fuck your security guard?
Kim Barker: Oh. By all means.
Tanya: Don’t just say that to be polite.
Kim Barker: All yours.
Tanya: All right. Come to me in a couple of weeks when you’ve humped your pillow to shreds.
Tanya: In Afghanistan you have a serious piece of ass. In New York you’re like six, seven. Here you’re a nine, borderline ten.
Kim Barker: What are you here, like a fifteen?
Kim Barker: Huh.
Gen. Hollanek: Miss Baker, this is an extreme environment. I’ve seen people with actual experience make bad decisions here.
[grabs her rucksack]
Sgt. Hurd: Is this an orange ruck?
Kim Barker: Well the girl at The North Face store said it was military grade.
Sgt. Hurd: Well where are you gonna hide it, inside a fucking sunset?
Kim Barker: You should let me interview you.
Afghan Government Official: But I do not know you. How can we get to know each other?
[he gives Kim a suggestive look]
Kim Barker: It’s banana’s here. I don’t think I can do this.
Kim Barker: This is Kim.
Shakira: Kim means “who” in Turkish.
Kim Barker: Who’s that white lady? It’s Kim.
Shakira: We are all here for a reason. So what’s your reason?
Kim Barker: I just wanted out of my job. I wanted out of my mildly depressive boyfriend. I just wanted to blow everything up.
Shakira: That’s the most American white lady story I’ve ever heard.
Tanya: [to Kim] Look, either we go big or we go home.
Kim Barker: I need a story, I need to get something on the air.
Gen. Hollanek: It’s too dangerous.
Kim Barker: Don’t you think that would be great that kind of exposure.
Gen. Hollanek: Pretty good for you too.
Kim Barker: Those assholes tried to shoot us!
Iain MacKelpie: [to Kim] So what’s your deal? You think I’m gonna go discover the wonders of the East.
Kim Barker: Last night, what happened?
Iain MacKelpie: The usual, Kabul happened.
Tanya: Why I never heard of you?
Kim Barker: I haven’t done a lot of overseas reporting.
[to Kim; referring to the other reporters]
Tanya: Every bloke in here is bad news. Half the accents are fake, the special forces wankers are flat out lying.
[comes over to Kim and Tanya]
Male Reporter: I really shouldn’t have my back to the door, but it’s worth it to talk to you two ladies.
Tanya: Fuck off.
Kim Barker: Uch.
Male Reporter: You got it.
[doing a news report standing in front of a group of Afghan men]
Kim Barker: Many are voting for the first time.
[she feels one of the men groping her ass and turns around]
Kim Barker: That’s my ass! Do you have a mother!
[doing a new report]
Kim Barker: Today Kabul’s first licensed female driver, Goulbahar Yousefee hits the road and…
[just behind her is the female driver who as she goes to drive instead reverses and crashes in to the market stand]
Kim Barker: That sucks. That sucks for women.
[looking at herself in the mirror after trying on a burka]
Kim Barker: Those are the fucking eye holes!
[referring to the burka she’s wearing]
Kim Barker: It’s so pretty I don’t even want to vote.
Total Quotes: 29