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Coconut Hero

Coconut Hero

The story of Mike Tyson... not the boxer.Aug. 13, 2015 Germany101 Min.
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8.8 1,572 votes

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Alex Ozerov isMike Tyson
Mike Tyson
Bea Santos isMiranda
Krista Bridges isCynthia Tyson
Cynthia Tyson
Sebastian Schipper isFrank Burger
Frank Burger
Udo Kier isMr. Morrow
Mr. Morrow
Jim Annan isPastor


It’s not easy being a teenager and Mike, a sixteen-year-old, has it espcially hard. He lives in the sticks with his mother, a non-stop nagger, in Faintville, a Canadian timber industry town. He has no father, no friends, not even a favorite meal. Basically, his sole wish is simply to vanish from the face of the earth. One day, Mike writes his own obituary and shoots himself. To his great disappointment he wakes up the in the local hospital. During a routine examination, the doctors discover a plum-sized tumor in his brain. Mike can scarcely believe his luck and keeps the illness to himself to avoid undergoing surgery that would save him. Staring death directly in the eyes, however, changes Mike’s point of view and he re-evaluates his opinion of both enchanting and crazy Miranda. Somebody seems to understand him after all.

Coconut Hero
Coconut Hero
Coconut Hero
Coconut Hero
Coconut Hero
Coconut Hero
Coconut Hero
Coconut Hero
Original titleCoconut Hero
IMDb Rating6.3 638 votes
TMDb Rating6.4 20 votes

(6) comments

  • svenfostFebruary 16, 2016Reply

    Difficult topic addressed with talent

    Young people’s most common drama is also the less talked about.

    This movie talks about a teenagers who ”wants to leave” with a
    sensitive and dark sense of humour (As the movie does not say the word,
    I won’t say it either). It talks about different aspects of death
    without falling into the maudlin and compassionate trap. I guess
    there’s no other way to do it. The common Hollywood way would have
    insisted on an initial trauma and there would have been a lot of tears.
    It would have found a justification for the ”departure”. And it is well
    known that a fiction representing a tearful and motivated ”departure”
    can cause epidemic ”departures”. In this movie, things are as they are
    with no motive, as it frequently is in real life. In contrast with the
    sensitive and slightly distant beginning, the movie shows an accident
    in a very harsh way.

    I like the important rhythm breaks emphasizing the slow contemplative
    scenes, as well as dynamic ones. The filming is very clean, sometimes
    uncommon and in good coherence with the narrative and sound track. The
    young actor has a promising carrier. I was afraid he might be stuck in
    the same attitude for the whole movie, but at the end, he shows a wide
    palette of reactions.

    If you’re concerned about showing this movie to teenager, I would
    probably let him watch it if he’s not too stupid and accompanied. I’m
    not the type of guys prohibiting movies to kids, but in this case, you
    want to avoid misinterpretations and a trivialization of death.

  • zif ofozFebruary 24, 2016Reply

    Fine movie – until near the end

    How can a most entertaining story become a hackneyed mess at the end?

    In ”Coconut Hero” Mike is a bit different than the other teens his age.
    He’s a critical thinker, a realist, and having this type of insight
    into life at his age can be, and is, a confusing state of mind. He’s
    the only one in his school that has not been absorbed into the group
    thinking that is so part of being accepted by others. And being
    accepted by others is most important in teen years. So Mike decides to
    end his life although he does not appear to be depressed. His attempt
    fails. But the aftermath of this attempt at suicide brings the feeling
    of liberation to him.

    Director: Florian Cossen and Writer: Elena von Saucken portray Mike as
    a comical innocent, he is an only child of a hair dresser divorced
    mother with a brash no-nonsense personality, and the school counselor
    and therapist seem at at loss in how to deal with him because he is so
    non-threatening and reserved. Then the dance instructor Miranda enters
    Mike’s life. Along the way Mike’s father shows up! Mike absorbs sound
    bites from a minister and a funeral director. All these bits and parts
    don’t quite fit together for him.

    Here’s where the story starts to fall apart. Mike leaves home, striking
    out alone, destination – whatever. By chance Miranda just happens to be
    in need along a deserted road and Mike comes to her aide. Here the
    story becomes a cliché and the viewer can certainly figure out what’s
    about to happen. Mike gets his wish but with an unexpected twist. All
    ends happily – for the most part!! You just spent an hour and twenty
    minutes watching this story, you will like and care about Mike, Miranda
    is a plus for all involved and then the writer takes a ‘soap opera’
    turn in the story and for the next fifteen minutes you must suffer a
    confusing montage of Mikes life! The end.

    I do not want to give away the details in this movie because I really
    liked it! But the ending was such a letdown! It’s a wonderful story but
    golly why that ending?

  • WonWaiWaiMarch 4, 2016Reply

    An enjoyable 90+ minutes

    I’m not good at writing reviews, but seeing as how this movie does not
    have many reviews so far, I thought I’d contribute one.

    The lead, and the sole person this movie was mostly about, Mike Tyson
    comes off as an interesting character, sometimes in an endearing sort
    of way. The movie shares with us his quirky persona, and by the end
    shows what may be a little, but particularly important growth in Mike
    as a person. The interactions between Mike and his mother, as well as
    other minor characters were fun enough to watch.

    While some people might be turned off by this movie seeing as there’s
    not much going on, and that the plot was not heavy, I thought it is
    enjoyable enough as far as coming-of-age movies go. Even the ending was
    OK with me, because it was sort of a happy ending, but not over the

  • jason-1401March 24, 2016Reply

    Something worth watching

    Thought this movie was interesting, and actually well thought out.

    Don’t want to give much of the movie away besides to say, give it a go.

    The cinematography I thought was pretty good, as well as the acting.

    Too many movies lately have no soul about them or even a story line.

    This was one of those movies which would probably watch a few times

    The story was believable, touching and interesting. Would definitely
    like to see more from this director and the writers did an amazing job.

    I gave it 9 stars, because of it’s originality.

    Give it a go, it is worth watching.

    Thank you for this movie, you have done a fantastic job.

    Didn’t anything about the movie when I started watching it, and glad
    that I watched it.

  • llaberjoeApril 17, 2016Reply

    Funny, tough and tender

    One of a kind drama with minimum cliché parts. The movie is kept
    absolutely simple in conversations, shots and cast. It’s often really
    quiet but without ‘chuddy’ parts (never protracting). Not really the
    kind of movie for a sociable evening but a very humorous drama winning
    over with likable, charming personalities. One of the few movies full
    of character with parts that may soak you up entirely.

    In categories:

    Narrative: 8/10, the serious topic of ‘losing the will to live on’ is
    shown in an entertaining but absolutely appropriate way. The movie
    brims over with sensitive insights on Mike’s mind and the mindset
    people in his situation may have in general. Also it awakens major lust
    for life and may be a great watch for anyone having feelings like him.
    It has a wacky sense of humour and most of the ‘simple kept’
    conversations want you to think about the sub line, but not in a very
    intellectual way. When Mike and Miranda meet, part of the story gets
    easily predictable. But the way the two main characters get to know
    each other, communicate and interact is affecting, lovingly intimate
    and absolutely unlike ‘Hollywood’ standard pictures. This in contrast
    to the (enjoyable) interactions between Mike and his mother builds the
    core of this movie.

    Characters: 9/10, the acting is absolutely believable and especially
    the two main actors do a great job. If I may steal the word from
    another review, endearing is the perfect word to describe Mike’s
    character. An absolutely innocent mind, who does everything quirky and
    honest heartedly. And this is the movie’s ‘foundation’ – his unique
    personality, which is easily likable and purely human.

    Cinematography: 7/10, filmed in a smooth way, guiding throughout the
    plot suiting music and story. The emotions are transported really
    convincingly, some shots are quite elaborate and unusual but without
    ever being over the top. A lot of scenes are filmed static but through
    great perspectives and perspective changes it comes off dynamically and
    properly done.

    Music: 9/10, The music always fits and underlines situations perfectly
    as well as taking over the part of communication and narration. A blend
    of atmospheric sounds and well picked songs.

  • kosmaspMay 9, 2016Reply

    Worth living for

    Difficult subject matter, and nice/decent effort to make it feel light
    and refreshing somehow. There are quite a few quirky/strange things
    that are happening here, that are weird to the point they can be taken
    as light entertainment. Which is never easy when it comes to the
    subject matter of suicide.

    The main actor said he didn’t try to concentrate on the fact that his
    character was suicidal nor did he think that that was the case. How
    else could you find humor in something like this? And while this walks
    the thin line nicely, there have been better movies on the subject
    matter. Still a nice try with some more than decent acting and a nice
    story overall.

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