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Kenny (2008)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 8,919


Movie Info

Filmmaker Clayton Jacobson profiles one of the key cogs in society's massive machine with this mockumentary about a fearless Aussie plumber who has never encountered a drain he wasn't able to conquer. A combination of philosopher and comedian, Kenny (Shane Jacobson) has a heart the size of a septic tank. Though Kenny may hold one of the most thankless jobs in modern society, he never lets the dirty work get him down. Now, as Kenny juggles family tensions, leaking porta-johns, and the constant … More

PG-13 (for crude content, language and partial nudity)
Directed By:
Written By:
Clayton Jacobson , Shane Jacobson
In Theaters:
Sep 30, 2008
Xenon Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Kenny

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (0) | DVD (3)

Funny enough to give scatology a good name.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

The film's real accomplishment, in this era of masked superheroes, is making a paladin of a regular guy whose ethics we can all emulate.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The Australian charmer Kenny, about a hard-working, jovial employee for a portable toilet company, is a low-key study of underdog pride rather than a Larry the Cable Guy bodily function jokefest.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Crude (in every sense) but surprisingly charming.

Full Review… | July 17, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A hit and prize winner in Australia, Kenny has the power to charm, no matter which way the water swirls.

Full Review… | July 17, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The result is a minor masterpiece of tone in Kenny's portrayal of a character that is absurd, guileless and shrewd at the same time.

Full Review… | April 4, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Old-fashioned toilet humour gets a postmodern makeover in this laconic Australian mockumentary about a mobile toilet installer.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Charming comedy with a strong script and a delightful central performance from Shane Jacobson.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Kenny is the genuine article.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

The result is a mockumentary that never mocks, but instead introduces us to a character we never stop rooting for and won't soon forget.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008

Kenny is always there in an instant with a philosophical quip and a stoic resolution.

Full Review… | August 6, 2008
Arizona Daily Star

The film's strongest asset is Shane Clayton, whose Kenny is the funniest thing to come out of Australia since Crocodile Dundee.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Funny, accessible and ultimately a good time.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Despite all the wild and icky antics, this is in no way your typical gross-out. Because the spotlight is less on crude easy laughs, than a genuine feel for the Chaplinesque proletarian plight of a worker just trying to find dignity in an unfeeling world.

Full Review… | July 26, 2008

It's like an Aussie equivalent of The Foot Fist Way, shot quick and dirty, but coasting efficiently on the affable personalities of the performers and their characters. Sweet and amusing.

July 18, 2008
Los Angeles CityBeat

Don't worry, though; Kenny isn't so realistic that you can smell it.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Los Angeles Daily News

I sense that the Jacobson brothers set out to make a simple little comedy. But how grand it must be for them to see the humanity of their fresh, inventive film rising to the level of its humor.

Full Review… | June 21, 2008
Film Threat

The perfect antidote to any disappointing summer blockbuster.

Full Review… | January 3, 2008
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Kenny

I was expecting a laugh out loud comedy and I have to admit during the first half of this film I was preparing myself for massive disappointment. Thankfully, the film turned into a really sweet character study of a really nice guy who never lets life's shit (or actual shit for that matter) get him down. A light comedy with a big heart, well worth a watch!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


This is another movie that manages to be sweet despite its subject matter. I think it's all about tone. This is about a loo plumber and how he's treated by the world. It's strange to see how the guy's job colours (and doesn't) the rest of his personality. I guess the moral of this story is that every job that exists needs to be done, and no one is defined by what they do for a living.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer


The Australian's capture the spirit of 'The Office' in the unlikely guise of a loo attendant/plumber mockumentary with real heart. Kenny is disarming and full of wonderful aphorisms on life but it is his faltering relationship with his father and potential partner which had me rooting for him.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

Did anyone confirm whether or not this was a documentary or a drama? I think that it is a drama attempting to be documentary like but regardless, this is hilarious. Who knew that port a potties could be such a source of entertainment.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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