Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

2016 R 1h 51m Blu-ray / DVD

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

2016 R 1h 51m Blu-ray / DVD
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Based on reporter Kim Barker's memoirs about her experiences covering the Afghanistan war, this satirical look at a hopelessly confused conflict also chronicles the obstacles encountered by female journalists in a rigidly conservative region.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), English SDH, Portuguese
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a dramedy based on journalist Kim Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Despite starring Tina Fey, the movie is by no means all laughs; rather, it's a fairly unflinching look at life in a war zone, including bombings and gunfights (some of which result in deaths), as well as political instability (as characterized in tension-filled scenes that show sometimes-violent demonstrations) and the ways in which journalists cope in such unstable conditions -- methods that include lots of alcohol and dangerous career decisions. Expect tons of swearing (including "f--k" and more), plus hard drinking (with an occasional foray into cocaine), innuendo, kissing/groping, a quick glimpse of porn on a computer screen, and implied sex. The film has also drawn some controversy for casting white actors as as some of the Afghan characters.

Sexual Content

Kissing, groping, and making out. Nudity limited to bare shoulders under a sheet. Brief snippets of porn are glimpsed on a computer screen. Frank talk about people needing to have sex with others to pass the time in Kabul.


Frequent, much in a war context. Land mines explode, mortar shells go off, people are dismembered and killed, gunfights, men scream at women about how they dress on the streets, and more. Demonstrations sometimes get violent, too.


Nearly constant use of everything from ""f--k" and "c--t" to "ass," "bulls--t," "p---y," and more.

Social Behavior

Amid the chaos of life in a war zone (which is unstable at best and shows characters dealing with their circumstances through drinking, drugs, and casual sex) is the idea that it's never too late to reinvent yourself.


Brands/labels seen/mentioned include Mercedes-Benz, North Face, and more.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of drinking; it seems to be what sustains and/or comforts many war correspondents. Cocaine is spotted at parties; partiers also smoke with hookahs.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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