Poison Ivy (1992)
In this taut thriller, Ivy (Drew Barrymore) is a troubled teenage tramp who becomes friends with a wealthy but very lonely Sylvia Cooper (Sara Gilbert). Jealous of her new friend's idyllic life, Ivy begins a subtle campaign to steal Sylvia's family. When her machinations take a deadly turn, Sylvia is forced to take desperate measures to save herself and her parents.
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Critic Reviews for Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy strikes a pleasing balance between emotion and ambiguity.
Unfortunate thesps take it all very seriously, while technical aspects are emptily polished.
Drew Barrymore stars in a melodrama that borders on high-class kiddie porn.
Shea's arty-trashy exploitation film is an amalgam of Fatal Attraction, Stepfather, and Pasolini's Teorema, in all of which the order of a middle-class is disrupted by a depraved interloper, if only the script were better
Its willingness to take risks, and its insights into the frailties and confusions of teenage friendships, lift the film right out of the rut.
Sleazy teen thriller isn't as much fun as it should be
If Drew Barrymore hadn't been so good at being bad, then this truly would have been bad. But luckily, she was good--and so it's decent. You got all that?
I'm still transfixed by little Gertie's devilish deeds!
Why settle for the usual walk around the exploitation block when Shea offers a wild ride with the top down into uncharted territory?
Aanybody hoping to be titillated by it will almost certainly be terribly disappointed.
For the most part the actors' work seems incomplete because their characters are cut off before they can fully blossom.
There is scarcely a moment in the movie when the story works as fiction; I was always aware of the casting, of the mood-setting devices, of the stylistic borrowings from Hitchcock.
Audience Reviews for Poison Ivy
This is like a modern version of Lolita. Barrymore does a fantastic job of being the erotic femme fatale. I really loved this movie, it's thrilling and romantic at the same time. I highly recommend it.More
Poison Ivy is a good teenage drama movie, starring Sara Gilbert and Drew Barrymore, who both give great performances here. Barrymore plays Ivy a young and wild teen, who lives with her aunt. When she ends up moving in with her friend, Sylvie played by Gilbert, Ivy slowly and seductively works her way into the lives of her 'new' family. The movie has some weird moments, but most of the time it's good and keeps you interested in the plot and the characters.More
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