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Kenny (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 11 July 2008 (USA)
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From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all. Ignored and unappreciated, he is one of the cogs in society's machinery; a knight in ... See full summary »

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Clayton Jacobson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane Jacobson ... Kenny Smyth
Travis Golland Travis Golland ... Pumper 1
Chris Davis Chris Davis ... Pat
Alf Scerri Alf Scerri ... Alf
Hayley Preusker Hayley Preusker ... Hayley
Saxon Fuller Saxon Fuller ... Pumper 2
Thomas Uerata Thomas Uerata ... Pumper 3
Kevin 'The Captain' Roy Ogston Kevin 'The Captain' Roy Ogston ... Pumper 4
Glenn Preusker Glenn Preusker ... Glenn
Kevin Roy Kevin Roy ... Pumper 5
Craig Carter Craig Carter ... Radio DJ (voice)
Pete Smith ... Radio DJ (voice) (as Peter Smith)
Adrian Atkinson Adrian Atkinson ... Air Show Manager
Mark Robertson Mark Robertson ... Robbo
Kevin 'Matey' Lee Ogston Kevin 'Matey' Lee Ogston ... Pumper 6
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From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all. Ignored and unappreciated, he is one of the cogs in society's machinery; a knight in shining overalls taking care of business with his faithful 'Splashdown' crew. Follow Kenny as he tackles every septic challenge that comes his way, culminating in a pilgrimage to that Mecca of waste management, the International Pumper and Cleaner Expo in Nashville Tennessee - or as Kenny affectionately calls it, "Poo HQ". With fly-on-the-wall honesty and wit, 'KENNY' lifts the lid on one of Australia's roughest diamonds as he juggles family tensions, fatherhood and sewage with charm, humour and unflinching dignity. "It takes a certain kind of person to do what I do... No-one's ever impressed; no-one's ever fascinated... If you're a fireman, all the kids will want to jump on the back of the truck and follow you to a fire. There's going to be no kids willing to do that with me. So, I don't do it to ... Written by Anonymous

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A knight in shining overalls

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude content, language and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кенни See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,857, 22 June 2008

Gross USA:

$69,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,732,051
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Thunderbox Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The world premiere of Kenny was in the town of Poowong, Southern Victoria, Australia. See more »

Goofs

When Kenny goes to pick up his son for the first time and we hear the door close sound-wise, the door is slightly ajar as the handle was not turned to signal the door closing. See more »

Quotes

Kenny: I'd love to be able to say "I plumb toilets" and have someone say "Now that is something I've always wanted to do".
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At the end of the closing credits the words "The End" are suddenly replaced by "The ARSE End" See more »

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A gem in poo corner
15 October 2006 | by Philby-3See all my reviews

The mockumentary format, mostly seen on TV in shows like "People Like Us" (though Christopher Guest in "Spinal Tap" pioneered the form in film), is still novel enough to spring a few surprises. Shane Jacobson as Kenny the Melbourne port-a–loo man is both a surprise and a pleasure. Filmed on a shoestring budget, this film's cheeky manner and adroit editing kept me engaged to the end.

No public event is too big for Kenny and his team as they cater for the lavatorial needs of the public at pop concerts, motor races, sports events and in the grand finale, the Melbourne Cup. In the meantime the good-natured Kenny has to cope with an ex-wife meaner than a junkyard dog, a son he needs to see more of, a difficult and demanding elderly father and less than satisfactory employees. One good piece of fortune does come his way when he scores a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, to a grand poo-collector's convention and meets a nice young lady who's actually interested in him. The plot is a bit on the corny side but that doesn't matter – it's the humour that counts.

As with most mockumentaries the narration plays against what the characters are actually doing, but the dissonance sneaks up on you. Kenny however is not deluded like Ricky Gervais' character "David Brent" in the office – he is a realist. He is also immensely likable. Usually with mockumentaries there is a cringe factor as the hapless protagonist blunders from one faux pas to another (witness David Brent), but that's not the case here. Despite his private life Kenny is immensely capable at work and with him around we know things will turn out all right. Whether it's a ring down the toilet, arson-minded speedway fans, or the victim of a buck's night chained to one of his units, we are confident Kenny will sort it out, the fun is in how.

I hate the expression "gem" but that's what this film is. It's a celebration of the Australian working man, with truth as well as humour. Kenny's final revenge-taking on an arrogant motorist who had boxed his truck in seemed a little out of character, but perhaps justified in the circumstances.

P.S. SNOB ALERT: The upper classes are portrayed as having very little charm indeed.


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