(Comedy/Sci-Fi) After a failed TV set leads to a failed suicide attempt, depressed and reclusive Ian Folivor (Adrian DiGiovanni) begins taking life advice from The Mold (Jeffrey Combs) a fungal growth in his filthy bathroom.
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Very Positive (98 reviews) - 86% of the 98 user reviews for this video are positive.
Release Date: Mar 31, 2015

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“Motivational Growth is going to go down as a new cult classic and live on in the horror/comedy pantheon with films like Army Of Darkness and Dead Alive.”
A – Under The Gun

“…an exhilarating and imaginative film that careens from one weird moment to the next”
4/5 – Tiny Mix Tapes

“…every nostalgic movie geek’s wet dream.”
3.5/5 – DreadCentral

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A comedy/sci-fi with a healthy dollop of gutteral horror. Motivational Growth features the voice of cult hero Jeffrey Combs, with Adrian DiGiovanni and Danielle Doetsch. Director/Screenwriter Don Thacker is a game designer whose resume includes Pixeljam, XGen Studios, Robot Loves Kitty, Rocketcat Games, TOO DX and fast-rising point and click shooter Starr Mazer. The heavily video game-inflected Motivational Growth features a retro-video game inspired chiptune soundtrack by Alex Mauer.

Synopsis: After a failed TV set leads to a failed suicide attempt, depressed and reclusive Ian Folivor begins taking life advice from a fungal growth in his filthy bathroom.

A surprisingly smooth talking chunk of aspergillus, The Mold works to win Ian’s trust by helping him clean himself up, remodel his lifestyle and, with luck, make some headway with the girl next door. When Ian begins receiving strange messages from his broken television set, however, the reality of his restyled life begins to crumble, exposing the gruesome and disturbing world into which Ian has actually been cast.

Directed by: Don Thacker
Produced by: Alexis Nordling

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Overall:
Very Positive (98 reviews)
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LemonyFreshh
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Weird... But strangely fascinating.
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doctoradventure
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Motivational Growth is by far one of the most confusing movies I've ever seen I bought the film thinking that it would be similar to Little Shop of Horrors and to a certain extent it is I really don't know how to describe this movie but from what I could understand it's about a man named Ian who has sat on his couch and watched TV for 6 months strait until one day his TV stops working it's at this point where Ian is ready to kill himself so he creates a gas that will kill him however when he's about to inhale the fumes he notices that there is an air vent above his sink so he stands on the sink and tries to cover it up only to lose his balance and fall down it's here where Ian meets The Mold who tells him that he has big plans for him.
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The Agnostic Minister
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
I usually don't write reviews, but I felt like i owe it to the people behind it to make one. This movie was really set apart for me by the surreal aspect that was produced masterfully throughout the movie. The cuts between animated scenes and reality, along with a retro soundtrack, really made this movie pop. I am a fan of artistic movies, so those sorts of aspects appeal to me personally. Beyond that, the acting was fairly good, I don't expect anything masterful from indie developers in that regard. In its whole, the movie reminded me of something the Coen brothers might make while on acid. I applaud Devolver and Imagos for making a strange, and memorable film. It isn't for everyone, and it consists largely of dialogue. If these aspects turn you off to the movie, then don't bother. However if you are interested in a strange, fairly thoughtful film, I would recommend Motivational Growth.
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Butch DeLoria
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
The main character had a zit most of the money and all i could think about is that 1 zit
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grumpy noob
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
It is f*cking freaky and absolutely amazing!
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bfg2600
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
A little too weird and grim for my tastes, I bought this on sale for $1.50 and for that price its not that bad, but at full price its not worth it in my opinion. I saw the trailer and thought it was a unique monster movie with some cool practical effects,,which it does have, too bad the story is slow and somewhat of a mess, I looks like the film makers were going for a fear and loatheing in las vegas feel but didn't go far enough so left that angle a little flat,

I would have prefered the story to make a little more sense and have at least a glipse of happiness, the ending left me thinking wtf as well, I don't really get it, the pay off just wasn't there, I think if they went more traditional story rather than what the hell is going on I would have liked it more, Also too long I could easily edit this thing down to 30 - 40 minutes and have the same basic story.

Pros.
The mold, easily the best part.
Puppetry and effects very good.
Interesting and intriguing idea.
Creepy atmosphere and the feeling of being unsettled while watching.
Decent animation.

Cons.
A lot of repetitive go no where scnenes , filler with no real content.
Too long could have been cut to half the running time.
A little too gross for my tastes, don't watch this eating food.
Story is lacking explanation, my preference for this would have been more explanation.
Ending not surprising or really good.
Too dark for my tastes as well
Never really takes advantage of its story telling devices or has any real pay off using them.

Overall I can't see paying full price for this, I would recommend renting it over buying unless its on sale
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jimmy jenkins
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
well, im already going to therapy so at least this wont be an extra expense.
okay. this was good? i mean it makes me think of something like donnie darko, just weird. i cant really explain this.. if you liked the trailer, give it a go. just be ready.
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king321k
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Just watch it. Really good indie! Support this dev.
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Tin Foil Hat
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
This movie will mess with your head, Jack
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YADUNDED
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
good moving pictures
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
164 of 217 people (76%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 3, 2015
Bad, but not bad enough to be cult... sorry :/
Could maybe have been good as a 30 min short, but for and hour and fourty five minutes? tedium.
(Disclaimer, I've never made a movie, they have, they win, but I've watched some, and those were better....)
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102 of 143 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: March 31, 2015
Really bad movie. Sorry, and without meaning to disrespect the efforts that people evidently put into this (it shows), but the plot is a mess and ruins a promising premise, the script could have been compressed into a short film and still wouldn't be good but it would be less tiresome. And that ending.

You could try it out of curiosity, just dont expect much.
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43 of 55 people (78%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: April 3, 2015
I expected something really weird and messed up. Did not disappoint. This movie made me get up afterwards, and clean my bathroom. Gonna have the A/C ducts checked tomorrow for mold.

9/10 would breath in again.
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37 of 52 people (71%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2015
Its a movie that will more than likely take a few rewatch and even then im not sure ill be able to accurately give a summary of it or even explain it. It is strange, but in the current 'rehash and remake' hollowood style, I'll take a strange movie im not sure i 'get' anytime over a 'transformer 5: the return of the Objectified female robot with explosions'.

Recommended if you feel like being confused and weirded out, which arguably, we all do sometimes.

-Lost
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2015
The Mold Knows Jack

Summary:

This is centered on an agoraphobic, shell of a man named Ian that is obsessed with his television, and a big chunk of mold who attempts to get him away from the television, clean him up, take advantage of his mental ills, and infect him, ultimately to help The Mold annhilate the human race. Or....at leasts that's what I think. The fate of Ian and The Mold is left up to the interpretation of the viewer.

Pros:

- Great chiptune soundtrack
- Impressive practical effects and puppetry used to make The Mold.
- Great acting from the leading man.
- Unique style of narration
- Old references that range from the 1980s-2000s
- Good ol' surreal parodies
- The Mold's godly smooth talking and life coaching skills

Cons:

- Too long imo, the amount of time is not really justified considering the director decided to leave several things unexplained anyways.
- Plot (and ending) is telegraphed to a certain extent very early on; this will probably incite impatience and begs the question of when everything will be resolved.
- The first hour is pretty rough; Ian talks a LOT.
- Love interest is contrived imo.

Real Talk:

Gotta give them props for making so much out of a miniscule budget. The experiences feels more expensive than it actually is. I find this genuinely entertaining, though the non-user reviews are very exaggerated. (calling it a cult clasic and such) If you're okay with being weirded out from start to finish, give this a chance.

7/10
Somewhat above average
You should see this film one way or another.

(5/10 = average)
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2015
It's like little shop of horrors minus the singing
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Great all around!

First movie I've bought a copy of immediately after watching the rental without thinking twice before doing so!

Will support these guys in the future and gladly purchase anything they want to sell me. Above anything else I've seen in a LONG time (outside of Marvel films) after watching it I could say honestly that I was in fact "Entertained".

The only thing I can say about recommendation - DON'T get it from steam. Their streaming service is garbage and you can't EVER download a copy of what you paid for. Get it elsewhere and be satisfied all the way around. Oh, and buy some bleach and whatnot, because you'll wanna clean your grout, tile, toilet, and then some after seeing this! XD
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31 of 49 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: April 2, 2015
This movie uses a really unconventional narrative, which makes it ultra-weird to watch...but it's awesomely weird in a way few films manage. If you ever wished John Carpenter's "They Live" cranked it up to 11 and lived up to its lofty premise, you'll like "Motivational Growth".
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
Enjoyed this film very much. loses focus sometimes but everything else is class. Reminded me of a film called "Brain Damage".

8/10
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39 of 66 people (59%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31, 2015
This it the best price I can find online for a HD Stream of this movie. Good job Valve. Real bummer a download option isn't avaliable though.

Oh, the movie was great!
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