Kenny

Kenny

(2006)

Hit Australian mockumentary about Kenny Smyth - divorced with a son, and porta-loo attendant ('plummer' if you ask him). From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny delivers porta-loos to them all. Part philosopher, part comedian and all heart, Kenny is one of the cogs in society’s machinery; a knight in shining overalls taking care of business for the Splashdown company. The film lifts the lid on one of Australia’s roughest diamonds, as he juggles family tensions, fatherhood and sewage with charm, humour and unflinching dignity.

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I would never have gone if I'd known what it was supposed to be about. For the first ten minutes I thought, "I'm leaving. This is crap (literally and metaphorically!)... but then I found myself smiling, and smiling and laughing. This was a truly touching, warm funny, human, film. The night I went, there were only about 30-40 people in the theatre but the ages ranged from early teens to 60+. You could looked around at any time through the movie and EVERYBODY was smiling or laughing or... More chuckling. But there were no cliches, no forced humour, no slapstick - or even any smut. Kenny was just a truly likeable fellow who you befriended and laughed with rather than at as he struggled over lifes bumps. I thoroughly recommend this movie to anybody who wants simply to feel good for an hour or two of their lives. It must have been a amazing sight for the outside world as we all streamed out of that dark theatre at the end - a river of smiles and sparkling eyes!Hide


'KENNY' IS A MOCKUMENTARY OF THE TRIALS AND TRIUBATIONS OF AN ORDINARY AUSSIE BLOKE DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST: EARNING AN HONEST LIVING, BEING A HARDWORKING AND DECENT PERSON AND A LOVING SON AND FATHER. IF YOU DON'T MIND A BIT OF 'DOWN-TO-EARTH' HUMOUR, YOU'LL FIND 'KENNY' WARM-HEARTED AND WITTY AND THE CENTRAL CHARACTER THOROUGHLY ENGAGING. (NOT A MOVIE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN).


An amusing film with some fantastic one-liners and a couple of nice sequences but over all doesn’t deliver. Lacks a strong structure and runs out of material before the end, resulting in no real climax. If you’re a fan of mocumentaries or Aussie films then maybe worth a look but definitely not to everyone’s taste, with at least six people walked out of my screening.


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  • Kenny is through and through an affable blend of wry, laconic humour and warm character study, most reminiscent of both the straight faced ocker everyman-ism of The Castle, and the wide-eyed Aussie abroad set up of Crocodile Dundee. For the most part, it succeeds overwhelmingly at both... Full Review

  • Although the material runs dry before the toilets do, Kenny will have you laughing most of the way from Werribee to Nashville, carrying a new found respect for the man behind the porta-loo... Full Review

  • Kenny is hilarious - toilet humour and all - and surprisingly touching. Just remember to wash your hands afterwards... Full Review

  • Funny enough to give scatology a good name, Aussie mockumentary "Kenny" is a consistently amusing and surprisingly touching portrait of a loveable lug who installs toilet blocks at public events... Full Review

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