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The film is a spoof documentary surrounding plumber Kenny Smyth, played by Shane Jacobson. Building its character up carefully and diligently, Kenny then takes us through the lows (unpleasant father, equally unpleasant ex-wife, not altogether pleasant job), and then better days. These come when Kenny heads off to the International Pumper & Cleaner Expo in America, and while we wont spoil what happens here, its a well-told, rounded story that emerges.
There are plenty of reasons to like Kenny, and its lead actor is one of the main ones. Shane Jacobsons performance is strong and engaging, capturing the optimistic outlook of the central character very well. The film is then directed by Shanes brother, Clayton, and his work too is full of promise. Mock documentaries havent been scarce in recent times, yet the two Jacobsons nonetheless carve out a warm and engaging story within the confines of the genre.
Kenny isnt a film without a couple of problems, and there are a couple of lulls that come with the journey. But its a film with a rounded central character who youll laugh at, care about, and ultimately, enjoy spending time with. An easy recommendation. --Jon Foster