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Tina Fey is one of the funniest people in showbiz. (Not "funniest women," you are-women-funny? dunces.) She's responsible, or shares responsibility, for some of the most explosive pairings of cultural commentary and plain-old zaniness to hit TV in the last decade. Why aren't her movies better?
It makes sense for Fey to start looking for vehicles like Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which will stretch her range and keep her active after (please, Lord) Sarah Palin is a distant memory and a 30 Rock reunion becomes an impossible dream. But most SNL vets who go full actor-turned-thespian do us the favor of delivering a few big-screen comic gems along the way. Fey, not so much: Combing through the reviews for her pictures, one sees an infinite variation on the old critical hedge: This movie is pretty lame, but we love Tina Fey and at least it's better than X.
Why isn't Fey writing movies for herself to star in? (And if she is, why isn't Hollywood making them?) And why can't she pass on projects whose scripts read like dishwater compared to the strong brew of an average 30 Rock episode? Here's an assessment of her big-screen career to date, with the requisite "at least it's better than —" (ALIBT) thrown in to make us feel better about each.
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