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Coconut Hero (2015)

In the middle of Nowheresville lives 16-year-old Mike who wants out of his crappy life - permanently! Spending his time devising ways to do himself in, he considers the fatal brain tumor in... See full summary »


Florian Cossen


Elena von Saucken (screenplay by), Daniel Schachter (co-writer)
2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Ozerov ... Mike Tyson
Bea Santos ... Miranda
Krista Bridges ... Cynthia Tyson
Sebastian Schipper ... Frank Burger
Udo Kier ... Mr. Morrow (Therapist)
Jim Annan ... Pastor
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Funeral Director
Jeff Clarke ... Doctor
David Tompa ... Steven, Social Worker
Duane Murray ... Principal
Darren Summersby Darren Summersby ... School Kid
Jim Calarco ... Peter
Dylan Cook ... Phil
Michael Vincent Dagostino ... Doctor #2
Garrett M. Ryan Garrett M. Ryan ... Gas Station Woman's Son (as Garrett Ryan)


In the middle of Nowheresville lives 16-year-old Mike who wants out of his crappy life - permanently! Spending his time devising ways to do himself in, he considers the fatal brain tumor in his head as a godsend. That changes when he meets a girl and falls in love for the first time - without even knowing what love is.

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The story of Mike Tyson... not the boxer.


Comedy | Drama


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Germany | Canada



Release Date:

13 August 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El héroe de coco See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Fine movie - until near the end
24 February 2016 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

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?

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