Helmer Adel Adeeb’s jaw-dropping extravaganza “The Baby Doll Night” attempts to explain Egyptian anti-Israeli sentiment along with bitterness over American foreign policy by drawing parallels to everything from 9/11 to the Holocaust (complete with scenes in Theresienstadt concentration camp). Lurching from broad comedy to re-enactments of the Lynndie England photos at Abu Ghraib, pic is a surefire regional hit for maverick shingle Good News (“The Yacoubian Building”), written by vet scripter Abdel Hay Adeeb (the helmer’s dad) and packed with major stars. But by falling far short of international sensitivity, cross-over success is impossible.
Tour leader Houssam (Mahmoud Abdel Aziz) can’t wait to see wife Samiha (Solaf Fawakhergy) after a year apart. With Viagra and a newly bought baby-doll nightie, he flies to Cairo on New Year’s Eve at the same time as wanted terrorist Awadain (Nour El Sherif), who’s set to avenge his castration in Abu Ghraib by blowing up an American delegation led by Sarah (Layla Olwi), the child of a Holocaust survivor, who’s promoting peace through economic ties. Lensing aims for the epic, but the whole is overwhelmed by flashbacks and overstuffed with plot twists.