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Review byMatthew Turner26/09/2007

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 103 mins

Charming comedy with a strong script and a delightful central performance from Shane Jacobson.

What's it all about?
Shot in a fly-on-the-toilet-wall documentary style, Kenny stars Shane Jacobson as Kenny Smyth, a Melbourne porta-loo supplier who takes great pride in his work, even if other people literally turn their noses up at him. The film follows Kenny around as he goes about his daily routine, supplying temporary toilets to a variety of entertainment venues and getting the chance to attend a toilet expo in Nashville.

In addition, we see Kenny interact with his father and brother (played by his real-life father and brother, Ronald Jacobson and director Clayton Jacobson), as well as his ex-wife and young son (actually Shane's nephew, Jesse Jacobson), none of whom are particularly impressed with his day job. However, when a couple of unexpected opportunities arise at the expo, Kenny finds himself in a potentially life-changing situation.

The Good
A film like this stands or falls on its central character and Shane Jacobson delivers a delightful central performance as Kenny, a warm-hearted, down-to-earth man who's just trying to do the right thing. He also has impeccable comic timing, deadpanning a series of hilarious lines in expert fashion.

Aside from being consistently laugh-out-loud funny, the terrific script generates real affection for Kenny so that we desperately root for him to succeed. In addition, it makes several valid observations about family, work and the value of human dignity.

The Great
Having said that, the film is also packed with several jokes about poo, although thankfully, the brown stuff doesn't actually appear onscreen all that often. Interestingly, the Jacobsons spent almost two years filming alongside a real-life port-aloo crew, so the company name (Splashdown) is real, although Kenny's amusing colleagues (Ian Dryden and Chris Davis) are actors.

Worth seeing?
In short, Kenny is a thoroughly enjoyable, warm-hearted and genuinely hilarious comedy and the Jacobson brothers are clearly a talent to watch. Highly recommended.

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