Kenny

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Kenny uses its seemingly lowbrow mockumentary premise as the foundation for a well-acted and surprisingly thoughtful character study.

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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

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  • Sep 07, 2013
    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 O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2009
    GREAT mockumentary! I didnt know it wasnt real until the credits came up
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2009
    I liked this film. Kenny was a great character with some analogies to die for. But I didn't know it was a mockumentary until the credits told me that the events and characters are entirely ficticious. Yet it wasn't obvious, there weren't a lot of laughs, I did find it suspect that he happened to lead such an eventful life while the cameras were there, and he was just too likeable and decent to be amusing. Plus most of the film is peoples attitudes towards him and his work and how they look down on him. It's not till the very end that he gets his own back on someone (in style) but by then it's so out of character that it just left me confused. It would have been a much better documentary.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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