Comedy flick Share’ El Haram (El Haram Street) tells the story of Zizi (Dina); a cabaret dancer who is part of a double act with singer Hommos (El Soghayar).

Naturally, all eyes are on Zizi, and none more so than those of Adel (Labib); a promiscuous lawyer and regular at Zizi’s shows. Zizi is a tough nut who doesn’t lay down for anyone, in every sense, and rejects Adel’s advances. She isn’t helped by the cabaret owner, though; who follows the mantra that the customer is always right. Business is business after all. With nothing other than her charms at her disposal, Zizi uses her feminine wiles to get her way out of sticky situations.

Firstly, the one thing that the film does succeed in is the relentless mockery of everyone’s favourite singer-actor Tamer Hosny. The film is littered with subtle ridicule, a few pretty obvious shots at and parodies of Hosny’s music videos.

Apart from that, the rest of the film is pretty forgettable, and is a chop-shop of cheap and sexist jokes. Any kind of structure or plot is blown away by the dance and music scenes. We use that term very loosely, because they said scenes actually look like a fairground on acid.

In fairness, though; the film never tries to be anything more than it is. The dance performances are no different to what shaabi singer Saad El Soghayar might pass off as a music video.

What’s surprising, and a shame, is the involvement of Lotfi Labib; an actor whose experience make him a cut above this type of film. The same applies to veteran actor Ahmed Bedeir, whose character is a carbon copy of the character he played in Ramadan soap opera Keed El Nessa.

There’s little to say about the acting, editing, shooting or any of the elements that go into the filmmaking process because it seems like there was no thought put into anything.

The circus that is Share’ El Haram seems to be contagious. The atmosphere this reviewer experienced at the screening became no more than that of a seedy cabaret; a load of boorish men ogling the dancers and laughing manically at the crude jokes.