Our prayers have been answered; El Sakka in a comedy, with nary an explosion or firearm in sight. Too bad this movie’s mediocre at best, though.

El Sakka stars as Hazem, a highly successful gynaecologist specialized in IVF. He meets Fareeda (Dorra), an interior designer, at their mutual friends’ wedding. Hazem and Fareeda fall in love and they soon get married which is when their troubles begin. Fareeda, feeling rather lonely due to Hazem’s insane work schedule, starts pining for a baby to occupy her time. Months of trying with no change in the state of Fareeda’s uterus put a huge strain on their marriage; one that’s compounded when Fareeda asks to be impregnated via IVF, an idea that Hazem takes as an affront to his manhood.

There’s really not much to say about the film; it’s not good, it’s not awful, it’s just there. It won’t have you laughing your head off, no matter how much the filmmakers may want you to, but you might chuckle a few times. Even the novelty of seeing El Sakka in a non-action role doesn’t carry through, since his mannerisms are just as Sakka-ish as ever. The fact that he’s not a police officer or taking down bad guys, though, does make his shtick a lot easier to digest. His co-star, Dorra, is stuck in the kind of wife role reserved for up and coming actresses, i.e. sickly sweet, cute and staunchly inoffensive. She’s fine and the role doesn’t require anything more from her. Either way she’s far better than Saba who has a small role as Hazem’s ex-girlfriend, and who is basically a stereotypical Lebanese sexpot (Is there like a law decreeing that there can’t be any other type of Lebanese women in Egyptian media?).

While the film’s message is something straight out of a Hallmark card and revolves around how kids are adorable little creatures who light up their parents’ lives and give them meaning, the film’s humour revolves almost entirely around sex; something we’re sure will come as an unwelcome shock to many families expecting a cute, child friendly comedy about babies. There are numerous scenes of guys struggling to fill sample bottles with semen, their wives trying, and failing, to help them with an array of lingerie. While these scenes are funny the first few times, the fact that they’re repeated so often and are so predictable makes them get old pretty quickly.

While Eid movies are generally hit and miss, this one’s just not worth seeing. Save your money and go see the similarly heavy-on-the-sex-jokes Ghesh El Zawgeyya instead. At least that way you’re guaranteed a laugh – kind of.