Poison Ivy (1992)

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The always challenging transition from adorable child performer to sexy adult star was achieved flamboyantly by actress Drew Barrymore with this erotic drama that unfolds like a paranoia-drenched Lolita (1962). Sylvie Cooper (Sara Gilbert) is a misanthropic student at a private high school for children of the privileged. While calling in a phony bomb threat to the TV station where her father, Darryl (Tom Skerritt) is a producer, Sylvia attracts the attention of Ivy (Drew Barrymore). Ivy is an orphan from a poor family, attending the school on a scholarship. She and Sylvia quickly become best friends, and Ivy eventually moves out of her aunt's home and into the Cooper household. Ivy covets the Coopers' lavish lifestyle and luxuries, so she begins plotting to kill Sylvie's ailing mother Georgie (Cheryl Ladd), then seduce the alcoholic Darryl and frame Sylvie for the crime, thus taking over the Cooper house. Director Katt Shea Ruben and her co-writer husband Andy Ruben were veterans of the Roger Corman school of filmmaking. The success of Poison Ivy (1992) on video and cable television inspired a pair of sequels, Poison Ivy 2: Lily (1996) and Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997).
Rating:
R
Genre:
Cult Movies , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

Sara Gilbert
as Cooper
Tom Skerritt
as Darryl
Cheryl Ladd
as Georgie
Jeanne Sakata
as Isabelle
J.B. Quon
as Another Kid
Michael Goldner
as Man in Car
Tim Winters
as Old Man
Tony Ervolina
as Man on Screen
Julie Jay
as Nurse Behind Desk
Charla Sampsel
as Orderly
Angel Broadhurst
as Death Rocker
Randall Caldwell
as Truck Driver
Tom Ruben
as Roofer
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Critic Reviews for Poison Ivy

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Unfortunate thesps take it all very seriously, while technical aspects are emptily polished.

Full Review… | February 11, 2008
Variety
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Drew Barrymore stars in a melodrama that borders on high-class kiddie porn.

Full Review… | February 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Its willingness to take risks, and its insights into the frailties and confusions of teenage friendships, lift the film right out of the rut.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Why settle for the usual walk around the exploitation block when Shea offers a wild ride with the top down into uncharted territory?

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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For the most part the actors' work seems incomplete because their characters are cut off before they can fully blossom.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not really that great.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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