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Poison Ivy (1992)

R | | 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.


(as Katt Shea Ruben)


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2 nominations. See more awards »



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


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


What Ivy wants, Ivy gets.


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:

La venenosa  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)


$1,829,804 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


(R-rated) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on an experience that producer Melissa Goddard had when she was younger. She had a friend stay with her and her family and eventually the friend seduced Goddard's stepfather, Mike Medavoy. See more »


(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 »


Sylvie Cooper: The fact that Fred hated ever human except me really meant something.
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Followed by Poison Ivy: The New Society See more »


Written and Performed by Dan Reed
Courtesy of Mercury Records
by arrangement with Polygram Special Products
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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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