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Motivational Growth (2013) HD online
Language: English
Category: Movie / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy / Horror
Original Title: Motivational Growth
Director: Don Thacker
Writers: Don Thacker
Released: 2013
Budget: $176,199
Duration: 1h 44min
Video type: Movie
Ian Folivor, a depressed and reclusive 30-something, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold, a smooth talking fungus who was born of the filth collecting in a corner of Ian's neglected bathroom, works to win Ian's trust by helping him clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. With The Mold's help, Ian attracts the attention of a neighbor he's been ogling through his peephole, Leah, and he manages to find a slice of happiness despite his unnatural circumstances. But Ian starts to receive strange messages from his old and broken down TV set that make him realize that The Mold may not be as helpful as it seems to be, and strange characters combined with stranger events cast Ian's life in the shadow of an epic battle between good and evil that Ian is only partially aware of.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Combs Jeffrey Combs - The Mold (voice)
Adrian DiGiovanni Adrian DiGiovanni - Ian Folivor
Danielle Doetsch Danielle Doetsch - Leah
Pete Giovagnoli Pete Giovagnoli - Box The Ox
Ken Brown Ken Brown - Plasmoday
Robert Kramer Robert Kramer - Uniformed Man
Hannah Stevenson Hannah Stevenson - Vanessa
Laura Carlson-Lum Laura Carlson-Lum - Kathy Barathenar (as Laura Carlson)
Megan Hensley Megan Hensley - Tough as Nails Tiger Team A Girl 1
Ellie Kushner Ellie Kushner - Tough as Nails Tiger Team A Girl 2
Sheetom Ashbrook Sheetom Ashbrook - Tough as Nails Tiger Team A Girl 3
Dawn Xiana Moon Dawn Xiana Moon - Tough as Nails Tiger Team A Girl 4
Samori Sykes Samori Sykes - Games Genie
Daniel Giovannini Daniel Giovannini - Brody
Tori Linn Sanders Tori Linn Sanders - Katie

Reviews: [6]

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    Don Thacker's "Motivational Growth" is a bizarre hyperbole-truly modern. Honestly I think the film will be this generation's "Little Shop Of Horror", just replace the singing with fun animation graphicsrife with Adult Swim quality humor. Actually take that film and shakeit with some "Stay Tuned" and you have the perfect horrortini for your maturing viewing pleasure. It is a story of madness in true-to-form dark, satirical entertainment.

    The story follows Ian Folivor, a depressed, recluse with a strong agoraphobic agitate. The film plays out in a strange spectacle of narration, animation and melodramatic adulation of phobias. The antagonist to Folivor's tragic character is a talking mold build-up against the bathroom sink. Lets face it, single men (sometimes even gay men) are not the best of housekeepers. So it is just a matter of time before some bacteria or fungus is allowed to evolve into a self aware annihilator of humanity. Of course there is so much to this story thatI can't talk about as not to spoil the film. Let's just say that even though the premise, at times, seems predictable or flagrant, it still manages to carry some very entertaining and surprising moments. It is just a fun story, that is executed wonderfully by Thacker both with the writing and directing.

    The special effects and sound track used on "Motivational Growth" are both very stylized, practical effects that push the story even further into the dark, satirical wasteland. The special effects offer up some truly gross and lighthearted exaggeration to the situation at hand with Folivor's condition and circumstance. The practical effects are done nicely, reminiscent of mid 80's horror comedy stuff –notably "TerrorVision" . The animation and graphics used actually add a sort of hallucinogenic quality to the film's overall persona. It would have went over even more had the dude's dealer been among the series of intrusions into Folivor's sacred space.

    The sound track is what you would expect. It doesn't bring anything extremely new or altered to the film, but it works to create an atmosphere equal to the kind of story that Thacker is telling in "Motivational Growth". Fun, entertaining, satirical and creepy. The film is a very strong, indie horror comedy that screams instant classic. The downer moment in the story was the actual dramatic interaction between Folivor and his object of affection. Had it been as out there as the interaction with the rest of the characters then I wouldn't have anything bad to say about this film. Still it is a pretty stellar horror/comedy.
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    I got to see the movie during a small screening in Seattle and I am glad I decided to step into torrential downpour to make it to the theater! I cringed, I laughed, I cried, I got queasy, and I had to avert eyes at certain times. This movie provides quite a healthy mix of humor and horror sprinkled with occasional scenes inducing depressive thoughts. This mix was the reason why I didn't leave with just a sense of dark dread despite the movie being so damn dark.

    As a side note, the puppetry is superb (The Mold felt very much real by the end of the movie) and I've got to give props for camera work on such a limited budget.
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    Long time ago i learned not to trust ratings, but the story sounded interesting. I was so damn wrong. I know a lot of people who give these ratings were and are still high on weed while watching the movies and writing the reviews for them. Legalized marijuana is so bad for the normal straight (as in no drugs) people who just want an honest opinion. And then you have those self-righteous hipsters who inhale their own farts and give their poops a name and a kiss before they flush them, cause ... it is a special part of them. And that's why i am here, cause of all those people with their "honest" reviews and bloated ratings fooled me in to watching this movie.

    So, here is my review: It's so damn boring! Movie keeps you in some suspense where you keep on waiting for this epic battle between good and evil and then it's just over. The End

    Who ever said this movie was anything else is either full of themselves or high on weed.
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    Had I not seen this film at Rose City Comic Con 2015, I may have never found it. This is a diverse and incredibly complex film that disguises it's self as a horror film.

    It is indeed a horror film, but much more so then it truly portrays to be. The director, Don Thacker does an incredible job making us feel the main character, Ian's plight. He does this by isolating Ian in an apartment and bringing everyone to him. I don't want to give much more away. but this film should not be missed!!! If this director is not a bigger deal in a couple of years I would be incredibly surprised.

    I am looking forward to his next.. It doesn't hurt that he used the great Jeffrey Combs to voice a talking mold spore.
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    I wonder what that guy that gave Don Thaker a budget of 176000 dollars must think now after watching Motivational Growth. He must be devastated that someone fooled him with this script. I saw already a lot of very stupid movies but this one must be in the top ten. What a waste of time and money this movie is. It's not because the whole movie is gross, that's actually the fun part, but just because the story is so lame and boring. I checked at least ten times during the movie to see how long more I had to endure this piece of crap. The only positive about this movie would be Danielle Doetsch. She's a candy for the eye but that's about it. Everything else is total garbage. And don't believe any review that are positive about Motivational Growth. They are all liars, that are probably somehow related to anybody that worked on that movie. Avoid at all costs!
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    If this is what passes as comedy theses days then I have to avoid this genre. Actually there was no comedy but the entire film was a complete joke.

    I do not have any problems about bad movies those movies have bad ratings and I do not watch them. But when a film gets almost 6/10 ratings while even 1/10 feels quite generous, I get irritated. Which is what I felt when I was watching this film.

    Among all the things story was the absolute worst, without any real plot. As well as the acting was not very convincing, the characters in the film were not interesting either.