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 demands of fatherhood while preparing for the upcoming Pump and Cleaner Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, he and his loyal "Splashdown" crew are profiled by a documentary crew that isn't about to let some dirty overalls get in the way of a good story. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for crude content, language and partial nudity)
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Eve von Bibra
as Jackie
Ronald Jacobson
as Kenny's Father
Jesse Jacobson
as Kenny's Son
Ian Dryden
as Sammy
Morihiko Hasebe
as Sushi Cowboy
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

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
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 16, 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.

April 3, 2008
Globe and Mail
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I can only imagine if this film had been left in the hands of a lazy screenwriter trying to make a quick buck at the expense of characters and comedy. You can see Larry the Cable Guy being hired to play the titular role and the movie being completely crass and childish. This film takes a more believable story about this underdog and his, literally, shitty job and the pride he takes in what he does, even if it may "disgust" other people. It's a business that MUST exist because it's one of the only things we all have in common. But it's also a job that people treat with contempt, especially those involved with it as seen in the film. So it's a far more human approach to this type of story than most would've done, and I applaud that. Because it would've been really easy to make this movie all poop jokes with no heart and identity, but they chose to tell a good story with an immensely likable lead character and seeing how he deals with every day life doing the job he does. It's really easy to root for Kenny. The guy works hard and all he gets, figuratively and literally, is treated by shit. And yet, in spite of all that goes wrong for him, he still maintains a jovial attitude and that's an admirable trait. So it's very easy to get behind him. If there's a problem with the film is that, structurally, at least until he gets to Nashville, the film isn't put together well. You do get to see Kenny at various jobs and the troubles he gets into, but it's not until Nashville where the movie reveals any semblance of an actual story. There's the theme of underdog pride running throughout, but it's not implemented into the story until much later. I really liked this movie even if it isn't as funny as you'd think, but it is a charming little movie about a man who's just trying to do his best.. This is a well-written and well-acted movie, I don't really have much to say about this film, but I really liked it nonetheless.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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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

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
Emily Armstrong

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