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Motivational Growth (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 7 June 2013 (USA)
1:10 | Trailer
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... See full summary »


Don Thacker


Don Thacker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Combs ... The Mold (voice)
Adrian DiGiovanni Adrian DiGiovanni ... Ian Folivor
Danielle Doetsch Danielle Doetsch ... Leah
Pete Giovagnoli ... Box The Ox
Ken Brown ... Plasmoday
Robert Kramer Robert Kramer ... Uniformed Man
Hannah Stevenson Hannah Stevenson ... Vanessa
Laura Carlson-Lum ... Kathy Barathenar (as Laura Carlson)
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


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. Written by Imagos Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Mold Knows, Jack. The Mold Knows.


Not Rated

Did You Know?


Ian Folivor: While it is necessary for all creatures to periodically excrete unneeded and potentially harmful substances for prim and proper metabolic maintenance. The impulse to indulge in this otherwise simple, natural act serves a sort of a field test for people like me.
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Referenced in Tin Can (2013) See more »

User Reviews

Wonderful roller-coaster of emotions!
29 September 2013 | by alex-804-169457See all my reviews

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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Release Date:

7 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA


Box Office


$176,199 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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