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Kenny (2008)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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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



Clayton Jacobson, Shane Jacobson

Sep 30, 2008

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

Funny enough to give scatology a good name.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Crude (in every sense) but surprisingly charming.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A hit and prize winner in Australia, Kenny has the power to charm, no matter which way the water swirls.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Old-fashioned toilet humour gets a postmodern makeover in this laconic Australian mockumentary about a mobile toilet installer.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Kenny is the genuine article.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian

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

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
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.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Comments (2)
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Funny, accessible and ultimately a good time.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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.

July 26, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

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

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

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
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.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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The perfect antidote to any disappointing summer blockbuster.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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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!
October 1, 2009

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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.
June 18, 2008

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.
February 2, 2008
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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.
January 12, 2012
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