#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 2003. After careful consideration, Kim Baker, a news copywriter, decides to leave the relative comfort of a New York desk job and serious boyfriend Chris to accept the assignment to work for three months as on-camera reporter in war torn Afghanistan, as her news agency is looking for anyone within their ranks to fill immediately the empty voids overseas. Her only experience of being in such an environment is going through hostile zone training a few years earlier. Immediately upon her arrival in Afghanistan, she realizes that she is ill-prepared emotionally for this assignment, not only enduring the dangers of the war itself, but also the conditions of everyday life, including largely been seen by men as only a “piece of ass” and a distraction despite her being considered average looking back home and not being overtly sexual, and being an individual with a small bladder who is nonetheless told to stay hydrated at all times. She is largely assisted in navigating this new life by Tanya Vanderpoel, a fellow female western correspondent, and Fahim Ahmadzai, her Afghan translator guide. As time goes on, Kim finds that she not only may have a specific and important voice within the press corps, but that she may be losing touch with her life back in the States for good or bad. In addition, she will have to decide how much she is willing to risk, not only for herself but that for her colleagues, to get that next important story. She also has to figure out how much of what she does truly is her, and how much is being as she and the other western press corps members state is being in the “Kabubble”. What may also affect her life is how much the war in Afghanistan is overtaken by other world events for which the American public is wanting information, and thus if Afghanistan has a specific time span in her life regardless of how much she may want to stay to tell what she sees as its important stories.
Plot: In 2002, cable news producer Kim Barker decides to shake up her routine by taking a daring new assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dislodged from her comfortable American lifestyle, Barker finds herself in the middle of an out-of-control war zone. Luckily, she meets Tanya Vanderpoel, a fellow journalist who takes the shell-shocked reporter under her wing. Amid the militants, warlords and nighttime partying, Barker discovers the key to becoming a successful correspondent.
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Denigrating Afghans, American bravado, Female empowerment and not funny!
This movie is another one from the lazy mind chain that we simply have started to refer to as ‘Hollywood’ nowadays. I could digest some of the American jingoism paraded recently in all their sci-fi movies, but when you are delivering something about a region torn by American hegemonic war of 16 years (and counting), the jokes about Afghan men humping donkeys as a joke just brings bad taste in the mouth.
The movie is based on the memoirs of a news journalist (real life Kim Baker book ‘ The Taliban shuffle’) who is reluctantly pushed in the war torn Afghanistan to cover the media news coverage. Tina fey stars as the main character. I’m not particularly fan of Tina fey and her pretending to put a girlish vibe in her 40’s just doesn’t cut it. The western women are presented as some sex deprived nymphs with lines of “when your p** starts eating your leg after 2 months then tell me”. Really are women in west so thirsty after 2 months?. Almost half the movie is filled with partying of women, drinking, trying to be adventurous or just delivering nasty one liners to men about urinating in the open or becoming bold every time with false bravado. (seriously?)
Characters don’t really seem to give any heed to the country they are trying to cover OR the poor people they are supposed to be looking out as foreign ‘saviours’. Afghans are portrayed as someone belonging to neolithic period and so is the country. As a consultant who has visited Afghanistan around the same period, I can safely say that all the caricatures developed here are utter nonsense and denigrating to the country’s state as many of the amenities available in a developed society are available in Afghanistan’s bigger cities. Same is the depiction of Chinese brothels in Afghanistan and lines uttered about ‘Taliban punishing men whose under hair used to curl on their sticks(!)’ (spoken by some high profile Afghan senator) which is another unverified account.
In reality what the movie overlooks completely how American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are living in one of the highly sophisticated luxury affairs that any soldier can dream nowadays. Hollywood depictions of how American system is better than others by taking puns on other cultures are coming off as fake and repetitively boring.
A comedy with cheap jokes which never truly takes off
Tina Fey as an American reporter in war-torn Afghanistan with a touch of humour? Why not give it a try! I told myself.
Fey’s character is a journalist who, bored of her daily life in NYC decides to attempt to find meaning working in early 2000’s Afghanistan. I was expecting to see her mingle with the locals, witness the culture shock, understand the Afghans. However none of that happened.
Instead we see her spend most of her time surrounded by military personnel and drunk reporters. Everyone is portrayed as grotesque caricatures, from the soldiers to the local population, even her co-workers are extremely one-dimensional with no redeeming qualities. It was very difficult to empathize with any of the characters as they were so cliché.
The story in itself could have been so much more. The abundance of unfunny sexual jokes gave the impression of lack of inspiration. The pacing was quite slow and the conclusion very bland. I left disappointed.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 52 min (112 min)
Genre Biography, Comedy, Drama, War
Director Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Writer Robert Carlock (screenplay by), Kim Barker (based on the book “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan” by)
Actors Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Broadway Video Entertainment, Little Stranger Inc.
Sound Mix Datasat, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Light Iron (digital intermediate) (mobile dailies)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A