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Poison Ivy (1992)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  8 May 1992 (USA)
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A seductive teen befriends an introverted high school student and schemes her way into the lives of her wealthy family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ivy
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Alan Stock ...
Bob
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E.J. Moore ...
Kid
J.B. Quon ...
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Guy (as Leonardo Di Caprio)
Michael Goldner ...
Charley Hayward ...
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Billy Kane ...
Tony Ervolina ...
Mary Gordon Murray ...
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Storyline

Ivy ('Drew Barrymore'), a sexy teen who lives with her aunt, moves in with a reclusive teen (Gilbert) and slowly works her way into the lives of her adopted family. The mother (Ladd) is sickly and can't sexually satisfy her husband (Skerritt) any more, and to the daughter's horror, Ivy begins seducing her father. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What Ivy wants, Ivy gets.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poison Ivy  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,829,804 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original script was titled, 'Fast Lane'. The title was changed shortly after filming began. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) During the party, Ivy has served Darryl Cooper a glass of champagne. He raises it to his mouth with his left hand to take a sip. The camera then changes to his point of view. Having taken the sip he gestures to Ivy with the champagne glass in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[on Ivy]
Sylvie Cooper: She's definitely a turnoff - too overt. I mean, most girls don't fly through the air with their skirt around their waist.
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Followed by Poison Ivy: The New Society See more »

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MAMA NEVER TOLD ME
Written and Performed by Dan Shea
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User Reviews

Better than it should be
12 March 1999 | by (Mountain View, Ca.) – See all my reviews

By all rights this should have been yet another R-rated sex and violence flick about a piece of immoral jailbait having her wicked way with everyone around her, but the directing and acting are good enough to make it more effective than most, even touching. The atmosphere is almost haunting, and the relationships between the characters (especially the two teenage girl leads) are well developed enough to hold your interest.

Sara Gilbert gives the film a sympathetic center, she's excellent as a bright, likeable high school girl who finds herself in far over her head when she befriends poor little bad girl Drew Barrymore. Her misery and frustration as Barrymore takes over her family, her life, even her dog are moving enough to make the flimsy story work. Barrymore wasn't much of an actress at that age (still isn't, in my opinion), but she's very effective nonetheless. She doesn't need to act, she needs to do what she does, look sexy. Really, really sexy, like it's all she ever thinks about. Cheryl Ladd also does surprisingly well as Gilbert's slowly dying mother.

The movie also has moments of an almost haunting quality. The score is lovely, alternately passionate and strangely moody, and gives the film enough emotional intensity to make me forgive its many flaws. Even Barrymore kissing Gilbert. Eeeew.


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