Combining genres is no easy task for a screenwriter. The best way to do it is have one genre be dominant while the other one is just sprinkled in. A good example would be “Beverly Hills Cop.” It’s mostly a comedy, but has just enough action sprinkled in to combine the two genres. If you’ve seen the advertisements for Tina Fey’s new movie, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” opening today, March 4, you probably think it’s a new comedy. It’s actually a drama comedy, but the mixture is all off and the movie is a fail.
Cable news writer and producer Kim Barker (Fey) was in a rut in her daily life. So when the opportunity came along to be a field reporter, she takes it. The only catch is she has to go to Afghanistan. She gets what she wants, but finds it’s hard to get air time covering America’s “forgotten war.”