Sameer, Shaheer, Baheer
Part-time-travelling story, part-zany comedy; Sameer Shaheer and Baheer plays by the rules of both film conventions. It has the obligatory weird scientist, a trio of fun twenty-somethings that are in tune with all the latest catch phrases, and a colorful
Sameer, Shaheer, Baheer
Part-time-travelling story, part-zany comedy; Sameer Shaheer and Baheer
plays by the rules of both film conventions. It has the obligatory weird
scientist, a trio of fun twenty-somethings that are in tune with all
the latest catch phrases, and a colorful backdrop (the wild seventies),
where funny mishaps lie around every corner. As comedy concepts go, the
film gets a solid ten.
Once upon a time, three brothers shared the same birth date but were not triplets. Each comes from a different mother. Sameer (Fahmy) is a suicidal stuntman whose mantra is ‘Ahmed El Sakka is the greatest thing since sliced bread’. Shaheer (Chico) is an overweight chick-magnet with musical aspirations. And Baheer (Maged) is a spoiled mommy’s boy that harbors a curious fascination for boxer shorts. There is no love lost between the three brothers; none of them would like to be around the others.
As a result of an uncomplicated series of events, the trio are sent back to the hippie decade; just a few days before their birth date; a day on which their father ended up marrying three women and conceiving with each of them. To ensure their existence, the three brothers must put their difference aside and unite to- and this where it gets a little bit icky- make sure their father and respective mothers hook up.
Early on, the film begins to suffer from both visual and comedic fatigue. The film starts off fast and energetically, but fails to build up from there. Lively jokes fall flat due to static and unexciting composition, a plague infesting the film’s snappy 90-minute running time. Even though the film has tapped some intriguing ideas, few of them click.
Fahmy, Chico and Maged have always found themselves comfortable in front of the camera, an asset that plays to their advantage. Their chemistry is undeniable and ecstatic, and the same can be said about their turn in Sameer Shaeier and Baheer. The rest of the cast also flaunt comedic swagger, especially young Amy Samir Ghanem, who plays a hilariously promiscuous up-and-coming actress and one of the three mothers.
It’s nothing short of refreshing to watch ensemble and concept-driven films in the exclusive raceway of Egyptian cinema. Buried within Sameer Shaeier and Baheer is a novel film that could have been another triumph for talent over hackneyed star vehicles. Maybe it will succeed next time; but for now here is another mildly entertaining romp that’s good enough to show promise, but not to fulfill it.