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It seems likely that at some point, most folks probably entertain a fond fantasy of pulling up stakes and heading off into a new life full of adventure, excitement, and maybe even danger. Bored TV newswoman Kim Baker (Tina Fey, successfully and rapidly alternating between aggressively smart and emotionally vulnerable) gets the opportunity to do all that and advance her career: the chance to be on camera as a war reporter in Afghanistan! What follows is a raucous, randy journey of self-discovery in the Kabul “Kabubble,” where a stateside 4 can be a 10 and an unfulfilled woman can shed her self-doubt and ask an Afghan minister the tough questions. There are perhaps too many descents into wartime slapstick: an otherwise excellent Billy Bob Thornton chews out a soldier for wasting an expensive rocket on the enemy’s beater of a vehicle; Fey dons a burqa and goes sashaying to a bossa nova soundtrack. And yes, American existential angst takes center stage in the midst of tremendous human suffering. But directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa move things along fast enough to keep that from sinking in too deeply, and Fey holds the spotlight with aplomb. (2016) — Matthew Lickona

Rated R | 1 hour, 51 minutes
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