"Kokowääh" (a wordplay on Coq au Vin) is a German over-2-hour movie from over four years ago. It was written and directed by possibly Germany's most famous right now, Til Schweiger and he also plays the main character, funnily also a script writer. In terms of money, only the newest Pirates and Potter films were bigger hits at the box office in Germany in 2011.
The movie starts with a little Ulrich Wickert cameo and we see how the protagonist is quite a Casanova with quickly changing girlfriends. All this changes a bit when Jasmin Gerat's character comes back into his life (professionally) and he finds out he has an 8-year-old daughter from a one-night stand. These two change his life completely and I have to say Emma Schweiger (obviously Til's real daughter as well, the fourth movie of the two together) really rocked this movie. Very authentic, great screen presence, funny line delivery and just a joy to watch in general. She is probably the most talented of the Schweiger kids and appeared most recently in another as the lead character in "Honig im Kopf". I'm not sure how Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" fits the scene where the two meet for the first time, but it's a good song, so I am fine with it. This film has decent music choices all in all. Aside from that, Katharina Thalbach was lots of fun at the dentist's. It's another example how Schweiger casts usually very famous actors, even for insignificant roles. However, there are films where this is more the case than here. Just like in other Schweiger movies, the film's title is a child-language quote picked from a scene ("Keinohrhasen", "Honig im Kopf") out of the movie which somehow bears lots of significance. I cannot really say this is the case here, but you could probably make an argument that he still has to get used to being a father now and making a kid "Coq au Vin" instead of chips or spaghetti is a metaphor for this struggle. Another favorite scene of mine was the mobile phone / toaster scene. Pretty funny and the little Schweiger girl has such great face acting, at age 8 probably more than the likes of Neubauer, Thomalla and Ferres at 50.
Jasmin Gerat plays the love interest here and sadly, I have to say she has neither the range nor the charm of Nora Tschirner and with her short hair she does not have the looks either. The worst is maybe that one scene where she uses that foreign accent. Downright cringeworthy. Maybe they should have gone with Friederike Kempter as the female central character. Also she has always some kind of unpredictability with her characters that could have helped a movie where we basically roughly know they will become a couple in the end and he will become a good daddy. One unpredictable thing was the constant story inclusion of Finzi's character who I initially expected to disappear as quickly as he entered the picture. Anyway, I personally enjoyed the first hour more than the second as it included more scenes with Emma Schweiger (the youngest of four Schweiger children) and the second half was more about the adults taking about the situation and the first half was really more about Til Schweiger's character starting to get to know and bond with his daughter If you enjoyed this, take a look at the sequel from 2013, which is also over 2 hours long. I read about plans for a third movie, but Schweiger kept it at 2 as well for "Keinohrhasen" and "Männerherzen", so it's probably not gonna happen. I also read that Bradley Cooper may star in an American remake. We will see how much truth there is to that. Until then, you have to watch this film. Here and there it is a bit cheesy in terms of dialogs (the worst example: "begins to love her, realizes he made an infinite amount of errors") but all in all it is a decent watch thanks to Little Miss Schweiger. Without her, it would have been a fairly forgettable romantic comedy with dramatic elements. Recommended.