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Kenny & Co. (1976)

Kenny and Company  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Kenny and Company
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFXSK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kenny & Co." on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A few days in the life of this boy will have you reliving your childhood. Sit back and enjoy a slushie while Kenny endures the normal highs and lows of boyhood: prank phone calls, Halloween, bullies, cherry bombs, first crushes and everything else that is part of a 12 year old boys daily life. Enjoyable fun for the whole family.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Get ready to have a happy day... June 20, 2005
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...Kenny & Co. are coming your way!" That's the original tagline for the film Kenny & Company (1976). Sounds like something that would have been used to promote one of those Brady Bunch records that came out around the same time, but don't let that put you off from seeing the film, as it's really quite good, probably one of the better movies from the 70's not a lot of people got a chance to see...until now. Produced, written, and directed by Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, The Beastmaster, Bubba Nosferatu), the film features the debut of Dan McCann, in his one and only film. Also appearing is A. Michael Baldwin (Phantasm), Jeff Roth, and Reggie Bannister (Phantasm, Wishmaster), among others.

The film opens during a game of flag football as we meet the principle players in Kenny (McCann) and his best friend Doug (Baldwin). The story is not so much laid out like that in a typical film, as there's not much of a plot, but mainly relates a series of occurrences taking place in the four days leading up to one of the most anticipated events in a child's life in that of Halloween. It's a world of soap box racers, banana seat bicycles, skateboards, cherry bombs, pranks, homemade Halloween costumes, bullies, first crushes, pellet guns, and so on...the film takes place in what appears to be southern California, but if you grew up in the 70's, you'll probably find a lot you can relate to, that is if you weren't that unlucky boy in the bubble (I think his name was John Travolta). If you didn't, there will be specifics in here may seem strange or odd, but many of the overall themes are universal enough to appeal to any generation (friendship, sticking together, standing up to bullies, etc).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenny will be your pal forever July 5, 2005
By ChefBum
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I vaguely remember catching a very cool movie about kids and skateboards doing all the fun things that I was doing at the time, growing up in Northern California. I was probably about nine years old, and the movie made a big impression on me... big enough that I managed to remember the title for almost thirty years and to catch "Kenny and Company" when it was finally released on DVD recently by Anchor Bay.

First off, kudos to Anchor Bay for releasing so many lost gems like this one.

After having only viewed the movie once, many years ago as a child, frankly I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this movie the second time around as an adult. WOW-- was I in for a special, pleasant surprise.

Kenny and Company is a movie that will always be very close to my heart. Basically, it deals with a 12-year old boy and his growing up in suburban southern California. It is a loving and loveable ode to the wonder and pure excitement of being a kid learning about life.

I know of no other movie that comes close to capturing the spirit of a young boy. The casting is flawless, and all the child actors are superb. I believe Coscarelli's use of narration is done with great effect. The movie is well-paced, and casts a wonderful light on a very special time in life for most boys.

Don McCann plays Kenny, and he is perfectly cast as the wide-eyed, all American mischievous boy. He has a good heart and it shows. His best friend Greg, played by Michael Baldwin, is that same kid that all of us knew when we were growing up... bold, mischievous, smart, and good at everything. He was the kid that we envied a little because he was so good at everything, but he was also a good friend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy
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Being a HUGE Phantasm fan, I was curious to see this "lost" film that I had heard about but couldn't locate. I was 8 years old when the movie takes place, so I could relate to a lot of what these 12 year olds were going through. I would call this movie a nice little time capsule of the late 70's. I met Mr Coscarelli at a screening of his most recent film, Bubba Ho Tep and he couldn't have been a nicer guy. I also think he is a much better director than many of those making 5 times his salary. Coscarelli manages to take small budgets make them look quite large. As much as I enjoyed Evil Dead II, I have always felt that Mr Coscarelli is twice the talent that Sam Raimi ever was (as most know, Raimi went on to direct BOTH 100 million dollar+ budgeted Spider-Man movies). Even (LOTR trilogy director) Peter Jackson's early work was rather sloppy in my opinion. Coscarelli has the perfect "eye" needed as a director. He had it from day one and this movie is further proof of that. Personal rants aside, this film is about childhood and growing up. Nothing more, nothing less. A good first film that any director could be proud of.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD rescues another forgotten movie May 5, 2005
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This is the first film by Phantasm auteur Don Coscarelli, and it's been totally impossible to find for far too long now.

This is a look at young, coming-of-age kids in a suburb where we find everything from bullies to Halloween pranks to asking why people die and where they go.

There is a completely unpretensious, touching quality to the work here, the way Coscarelli treats his appropriately-aged stars. No overaged kids here playing their younger selves; the cast is believable, and despite the age of the film, it touches on all levels as a portrait of that confusing time at the eve of adolescence.

Prayers have been answered by anyone who ever caught this film (usually on TV ages ago) with this DVD release, which is long overdue. While Coscarelli is best known for his original horror flick Phantasm and all of its sequels, this film hints at the childhood-trauma angle he played up in the first Phantasm (loss of brother and strange occurences) while being realistic and not overly sentimental like larger-budget productions. A gem. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kenny and Company review
The time frame and quality of the DVD was great. The only thing that was not perfect was the cover was missing
Published 5 months ago by Susan Padgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film, even though it saddens me.
So yeah, I love this movie. Sure, you can tell the shoestring budget and whatnot, but it is a true representation of what childhood once was IMO. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JDM
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally have this movie after all these years.
I vaguely remember seeing this movie when I was around ten or so. I remembered loveing it and that the kid from Phantasium was in it. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Robert A Dixon II
4.0 out of 5 stars origin-of-a-word selection -- with -- it was good
It is the movie seen dozens of years of ago.
Since it was not found in Japan, it was good to be found.
I will carry out English study!
Published on October 25, 2011 by boon
5.0 out of 5 stars The lost Don Coscarelli movie
Though a child-oriented movie, I was actually fairly entertained because it had a great old-fashioned 70s vibe to it and you've got A. Read more
Published on March 13, 2010 by David J. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film!
Kenny and co. is a wonderful movie illustrating childhood of the 70's. It features Michael Baldwin whom proves to be the best child actor of all time!
Published on November 30, 2009 by Zac efron
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome independent film!
Great indi film of the 70s! Don Coscarellis film after 'Jim the World's Greatest', and right before his cult hit,'Phantasm'! Read more
Published on January 15, 2009 by John Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Simpler Times
An early work from the creator of the Phantasm series of horror flicks -- a week in the lives of three kids growing up in the `70s (school, friendship, parenting, adolescent... Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by Alere Flammam
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss Seeing This Little Treasure of a Movie!
I bought "Kenny & Co." because I adore Coscarelli's "Phantasm," and
because of the many glowing reviews here. Read more
Published on January 4, 2009 by Jack Shatter
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Should See This!
I remember this movie being on HBO (I think) when I was a kid in the late 70s early 80s. I mostly just remembered the name. Read more
Published on October 31, 2008 by Wayhomer
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