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From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-potties to them all. A true unsung hero, Kenny is a knight in shining overalls doing one of society's dirtiest jobs. This engaging mockumentary lifts the lid on one of Australia's roughest diamonds as he juggles family tensions, fatherhood and sewage with charm, humor and unflinching dignity. Part philosopher, part comedian and all heart, Kenny is living proof that in sewage, like life, the best will always rise to the top!

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  • Actors: Shane Jacobson, Travis Golland, Chris Davis, Alf Scerri, Hayley Preusker
  • Directors: Clayton Jacobson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: XENON
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDR1F6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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What a very funny movie.
Debbie
Kenny's genuine accent can be a bit hard to understand (I am sure Aussies understand), but you get so much more out of the film.
Greg Smith
Me and my Dad love this movie.
Cathy P.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Janet Brister on September 19, 2008
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I was fortunate to take a trip to Australia after this film had been released. One of the people there told me this mocumentary was the best example of Australians he knew. He also said many Australians believed Kenny was an actual person because the porta-potty company for which he works is a real company in Australia.

I was mesmerized from the start.

If you like the TV series "Dirty Jobs" you are going to thoroughly enjoy this movie!

Kenny is a classy guy who takes pride in his not-so-classy job. I'm thrilled I can finally add this movie to my DVD collection!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LauraGrace on September 7, 2008
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I saw Kenny earlier this year in Australia, and found it completely delightful. I was skeptical at first -- many mockumentary characters are vapid, worthless imbeciles who serve only as whetstones for the writers to sharpen their sarcasm on, headcases with no self-awareness and even less personal appeal.

Kenny is just the opposite. He is a decent, ordinary bloke with a son who's not sure what to think of him, a father who's out-and-out ashamed of him, and a job that's thankless in the extreme... but he handles every turn with humor, grace, and some very sturdy work gloves.

Somehow amidst a plot full of absurd toilet humor (that somehow manages never to be crass) and riotously funny fish-out-of-water scenes, this movie made me a bit teary-eyed. It's a human film from start to finish, with comedy and pathos enough to satisfy even the most jaded movie-goer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Taylor on January 10, 2009
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I must admit, when I first heard of the popularity of this 'mockumentary' movie I was a bit skeptical about seeing it because of the humour it would employ. However, when I finally took the plunge to view it (on tv) I was more than pleasantly surprised. Australians, by and large, despite all the shallow nationalistic rhetoric at times, are devoid of self confidence. Hence, there is an unfortunate tendency towards what is termed here as a cultural cringe. In other words, Australians, rather shallowly, don't like their own stuff, because they think it will be dismissed (as it often is) by outsiders - particularly the British or Americans. I suspect, this movie for the same reason maybe treated likewise at home. It's a pity because, the movie, as many of the reviewers here have pointed out, isn't just about a 'plumber' doing his dirty work, it's about the dignity and good heartedness of a simple man, trying to cope with his life as best as he can in often trying circumstances. To the American reviewers and others, I suggest you don't have to come to Australia to see people like Kenny - and yes, the gems of people like Kenny you can still find from time to time - I'm sure they are right there amongst you in the U.S. or elsewhere.
The toilet jokes throughout the film are used in an understated way, not intended to offend. What comes out best in "Kenny" is the character himself, and the contrast of him with the often self centred, superficial people he unfortunately has to deal with. He is a single father, playing an important role in the much maligned business of 'porta loos' (portable toilets en masse for various functions). He has to deal with snobby racegoers, a difficult ex-wife, and fellow employees not always reliable. On top of this, he travels to the U.S. to attend a 'business' convention.
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"Kenny" was a big hit in Australia, where it was made by the Jacobson brothers: Clayton, who writes, directs, and produces, and Shane, who writes, produces, and stars as Kenny Smyth, port-a-potty man. This s a mockumentary deliberately made to look amateurish, so it doesn't' suffer for its low budget and handheld camera. The brothers' father Ronald Jacobson and Clayton's wife and son are in the film as well, so it seems like a family project. Kenny is an unassuming, easy-going employee of Splashdown, a company that furnishes "corporate bathroom rentals". He speaks frankly about the life and work of a man who plumbs poo for a living to a documentary film crew that follows him to all kinds of events that need potties and, finally, to a big Pumper and Cleaner Expo in the USA.

I don't think I've ever seen a greater burden put on one actor to carry a movie. Kenny is at the center of every scene. His blunt talk and surprisingly good nature combine to make him a lovable working class hero. Director Clayton Jacobson has found a way to get good dialogue in a loosely scripted film, and that is to tell the actors what the character says in general terms and let them put it in their own words. Shane Jacobson is a veteran of the stage and conveys an almost hyper-genuineness in his manner and speech. Many of the other actors are non-professionals. And Splashdown is a real company. Its owner really is Glenn Preusker, and we see real employees in the film. Kenny's not real, but his friendliness and gift for understatement are enormously appealing.

The DVD (Xenon 2008): There are 16 deleted scenes, a theatrical trailer, 4 featurettes, and an audio commentary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Gallagher VINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
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Interesting that reviewers have been touting the incredibly funny humor in the film Kenny, but I found it to be more poignant than comedic. Kenny is funny, sure, but he's also a decent bloke trying to make an honest living, and he carries himself with a certain amount of dignity and grace as he goes about his job. We should all try to be more like Kenny. He knows his job is distasteful to just about everybody, but he refuses to apologize for it or feel belittled by his choice of profession. After all, he performs a valuable service, that let's face it, everybody is going to need sooner or later.

Kenny handles his ex-wife and mean-spirited father with an almost zen-like calm, as well as annoying co-workers and whiny, uppity people at public events (where he's working). The acting is so top-notch, I really believed I was watching a documentary all the way through, I just couldn't believe that Kenny wasn't the real deal. Also, the convention in Nashville was a real convention, wasn't it? I don't see how they could have arranged all those companies together on the apparently low budget of the film.

Excellent film, humorous and poignant at the same time.
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