What happens after years of gruelling schoolwork followed by four, if not five, years of college papers? Is it enough to secure a cushy future, or are the new realities of our age going to render all these efforts in vain? Al Salasa Yashtghalonh (Arabic for The Three Fooled Her) throws the question out there while turning around to thank its lucky stars that it finally found something worthwhile to talk about. By now we should congratulate ourselves; all the social dilemmas that we face have created the perfect fodder for one of the most creatively bankrupt eras of Egyptian cinema.

Nagiba (Abdel Aziz) is a straight-A student. Don’t let her Ugly Betty demeanour fool you; she has never watched TV in her life. The girl is all about studying those textbooks. However, in the course of two hours, she completely inhabits three conflicting sets of philosophical paths with admirable ease and without a hint of scepticism. Ostensibly, it's a commentary on the Egyptian schooling system that favours blind submission and parakeet memorising over comprehensive understanding.

Our perky heroine meets three different boys and proceeds to eagerly mould herself to their liking. First, the spoiled mama’s boy only pursues her to help him pass his exams. After the inevitable rejection, she hooks up with a Downtown-bar socialist and joins him in public demonstrations. When that too doesn’t work out, along comes the trendy neo-Muslim preacher to pick up the pieces. However, his pious exterior is only a front for his product-pushing agenda. And like the previous two love interests, their courtship ends at the police station, where the officer-in-charge (Lotfy) hits the reset button on her brain so she can go out and make other misguided choices.

It’s a light comedy that frolics carefree, from start to finish. The heavy subject matter is treated daintily, aided by colourful art-direction, and the performances float perfectly in the film’s cheerful demeanour. Abdel Aziz breaks into her scenes with a big smile on her face and, apparently, nothing on her mind. She shouts, jumps and gives cute second-take looks when something funny happens. Put her in one of those motion-capture suits and you’ve got an energetic cartoon side-character for the next Ice Age sequel.

Geared towards a family crowd, the film also features a bunch of kids who inexplicably show up every once in a while without causing too much distraction. And that’s how Al Salasa seems to carry itself on; lightly and without too much cringing to its credit.

The film flies by so fast; it doesn’t get a chance to do too much damage, and in doing so, it succeeds in providing another cinematic summer breeze. It’s one that won’t exactly refresh you, but it won’t hurt either.