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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Poison Ivy can be found here.

Poison Ivy is based on a screenplay by director Katt Shea Rubin and her husband Andy, also producer. They based their script on an idea by screenwriters Melissa Goddard and Peter Morgan. The movie has inspired three sequels: Poison Ivy II (1996), Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997), and Poison Ivy: The Secret Society (2008).

Leonardo DiCaprio is credited as "Guy" in the cast listing, which is supposedly in order of appearance, so he should appear somewhere between the introduction of Isabelle (the maid) and Tiny (the tattoo artist). DeCaprio was about 17 or 18 when this movie was filmed, so the likelihood is that he played one of Sylvie Cooper (Sara Gilbert)'s school mates. Barring him being in a scene that was edited from the movie, the only two scenes in which Sylvie's school mates appear are a) as the students run to see the dog that got hit by a car, and 2) as the students pour out of the school when Sylvie's father Darryl (Tom Skerritt) shows up to pick up her up from school. If DiCaprio is in either of those scenes, he is extremely hard to spot, as none of these students have close-ups. Some viewers think they see him as the boy wearing a green-striped shirt as he comes out of the school. Others believe he is one of the boys in the scene with the dog. Still others think they see DiCaprio as the boy who takes the rope from Sylvie so that he and his girl friend can go swinging together.

...Sylvie is riding in the back of the truck: Let it Go by Dan Reed

...Sylvie is contemplating using the swing: The Salt of Joy by Dan Reed

Georgie Cooper (Cheryl Ladd) had emphysema at age 38, presumably because of years of cigarette smoking, evidenced by her advice to Sylvie, (You can be a lesbian, just don't smoke) and the huge number of cigarette butts that Sylvie vacuumed from her mom's ashtray when she was cleaning her car.

Emphysema is a condition in which the walls in the lung's alveoli (air sacs) lose their ability to stretch and recoil, impairing the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath, cough, and limited exercise tolerance.

So far, no one in the know is talking. Some viewers have suggested that Barrymore used a double in the scenes that involved nudity and/or sex. This has not been confirmed. Jaime Pressly has been named as her double, but Pressly was two years younger than Barrymore at the time (Barrymore born 1975; Pressly born 1977), so this is unlikely. In fact, Pressly has denied being Barrymore's double, although she has admitted to being Ivy's double in Poison Ivy II. Other viewers point out that Barrymore was emancipated at the time, so she was considered to be an adult, regardless of her age. Still others point out that federal law depicts child pornography as visual depiction of minors engaged in a sex act such as intercourse, oral sex, masturbation, or lascivious depictions of the genitals, none of which take place in Poison Ivy. Until we hear from the powers-that-be as to how they were able to star a minor in the role of Ivy, any explanations are simply conjecture.

Not to the viewers. Sylvie came up with the name "Ivy" based on a tattoo on Ivy's leg that depicts a crucifix covered with ivy, and Ivy stuck with it because she felt that it gave her "a chance to start over."

Number one on the list is Body Heat (1981), in which a woman does what she must to get what she wants. Even the music is similar. There is also Wicked (1998) , in which a girl attempts to take over the role of lover to her father after killing her mother.

As expected, the erotic-scenes were censored in the R-rated version, but there were also other changes made. The film only exists to lure in some audience who were driven by voyeurism with drawing card Drew Barrymore anyway, so the R-rated version misses any raison d'tre due to the erotic-scenes having been cut. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.


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