Kenny (2008)

Kenny (2008)




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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for crude content, language and partial nudity)
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Clayton Jacobson, Shane Jacobson
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On DVD: Sep 30, 2008
Xenon Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Kenny

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

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
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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.

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

Full Review… | July 17, 2008
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.

Full Review… | July 17, 2008
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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2008
Toronto Star
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Waste is a terrible thing to mind -- unless you are port-a-potty installer Kenny Smyth, the unlikely hero of a hilarious and fresh (figuratively speaking, of course) comedy from Down Under.

Full Review… | April 4, 2008
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Kenny


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

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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

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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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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