Is this a indie comedy-drama or a comedy-horror, or is it something
else ? Motivational Growth was hard to define,
but great fun to watch. Some sort of minimalistic weirdo drama as the
whole film takes place in the apartment of
depressed and desperate Ian Folliver (Adrian DiGiovanni). Ian has given
up. For some reason he has not left his
apartment for 16 months. He's totally bummed up and hasn't shaved or
taken a bath for many, many months.
His only interest is watching his TV, an old antique set from the 1960's
and he orders food to be delivered at the
door so he doesn't have to leave his apartment. His small apartment
look like a dump and probably smell like it
Ian's cosy place
Ian tells us that his fishes has died and then his plants
as he didn't water them. They plotted something bad
against him. So, Ian is not just depressed and dirty, he's also paranoiac.
But, after all Ian seems to be pretty
contented with his hermit unhealthy lifestyle it seems, well, at least
he's not Dead yet - it could've been worse.
This until Kent dies.
His beloved old TV dies with a little Poof! and now Ian's life really
goes steeply downwards, Road to Ruin.
Ian tries to commit suicide with chlorine gas but fails. When he wakes
up the heap of mold in the corner in his
bathroom talks to him. The Mold (voice: Jeffrey Combs) tells Ian he
has a plan for him and he better listen
Initially The Mold seems to influence Ian in a good
way, as he shaves and clean himself. He calls a TV
repair-man and he even talks to his cute neighbour. But .... The Mold
may be Evil.
This is the reason why i love US indie film, it's free
and unhinged with inspired ideas. Motivational Growth
was truly Surreal and both Funny and delightfully Depressing at the
same time. A Comedy-Horror-Drama
that played like some fusion of Eraserhead and The Little Shop of Horrors.
It also had a really cool early computer 80's synth soundtrack and Puppeteers
named in the credits.
Yes! A film that has some Puppeteers in it always rocks
Format: Don't know but probably some sort of widescreen (?) Extra: Commentary
track by Adrian
DiGiovanni, Jeffrey Coombs and director and editor Don Thacker, Trailer/Teaser,