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Afghanistan Youbetcha-stand.

My best girl took me to the movies this afternoon. Wegmans offers employees discounts and points redeemable for movie tickets, among other things. Our matinee of choice was Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a film starring, produced by, and indirectly inspired by the resemblance of the real-life journalist to, Tina Fey.

Apparently the reviews haven't been unanimously great.  This week's New Yorker gave it a Goings-On mini-review that was mostly positive but questioned the all-Anglo casting of a film mostly set in Afghanistan. (The leading roles in question were all Anglo, except for the Afghan government official played by Alfred Molina- and one wonders how many genuine Afghan actors were both available and willing to endure the fatwa that likely would've resulted from their casting.)  The rest of the negative pub seemed to focus on it being not funny enough to be a comedy, yet not serious enough to be a drama.

We didn't give a shit.

Tina Fey nailed the reporter role- fitting to her Weekend Update legacy and that of her father (a veteran and journalist) honored in the closing credits. She gave just enough comic timing and presence to the role in about the exact amount it needed. Second billing went to Margot Robbie, a gorgeous Aussie playing, well, a gorgeous Aussie.  Then Came Watson, or Arthur, or Lester, or whatever you know Martin Freeman as- and he was finally reunited-and-it-feels-so-good, although not in any actual scenes, with his Fargo Series One nemesis Billy Bob Thornton.

BBT was awesome as an Afghan War general, who understands, and eventually listens to, Tina's character for their mutual benefit. By the film's end, she's worked out her stuff with him, and with both the second-billed actors, and with a lesser player who she could have otherwise felt guilty about. We lurved it, all in all.

After dinner, we finished another at-home film which produced similar lurve- but that's a review for another night,

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