It’s difficult to think of a German actor who has more of a toehold on Hollywood than Til Schweiger. Inglorious Basterds, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Muppets Most Wanted, King Arthur, SLC Punk! — he’s got quite a list of credits. Back in the German speaking world, Schweiger is a big star. Wikipedia christens him “one of Germany’s most successful filmmakers.” He’s an actor, a writer, a producer and a director. He does it all. He’s even gotten his children in on the action, starring with them in several films. Schweiger does really likable, crowd-pleasing films. Here are a few recommendations to get you started on Til Schweiger.
After being too aggressive as a celebrity journalist looking for his next scoop, Ludo (Schweiger) begins a court-appointed job in a daycare center. There he meets Anna (Nora Tschirner), the manager of the daycare. An awkward and nerdy child, Anna knows Ludo from their childhood when he picked on her. She takes advantage of her position, assigning him to the less enjoyable jobs at the daycare. The film becomes a romantic comedy with the unlikely couple starting to fall for one another as Ludo’s mandated hours at the daycare begin to run out. Matthias Schweighöfer plays Ludo’s friend.
Männerherzen focuses on a group of men and their love lives and the story is told with an ensemble cast. Günther (Christian Ulmen) is a desperate and nerdy guy looking for love. Roland (Wotan Wilke Möhring) is having marital problems. Philip (Maxim Mehmet) finds out his girlfriend is pregnant. Niklas (Florian David Fitz) is having second thoughts about his upcoming wedding. Bruce (Justus von Dohnányi) is trying to launch a singing career. Schweiger’s Jerome is having no problems with the ladies and that’s exactly his problem.
Keinohrhasen was such a big hit in Germany that they made a sequel. In Zweiohrküken Schweiger and Tschirner reprise their roles as Ludo and Anna, respectively. Set two years after the first film, Ludo and Anna are still together but things have become a little predictable. Anna worries that Ludo is still living his womanizing ways. Likewise, Ludo’s jealous of Anna’s old love who returns to her life. The couple struggle to figure out if they can make their relationship work with the same silly, slapstick style comedy that worked in the first film.
Top photo from Til Schweiger’s official Facebook page.