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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 1999
Multi-talented, but heretofore little-known, director Katt Shea Ruben scored a brilliant, sudden and unusually highly successful stroke of genius in this highly erotic thriller about an under-privileged girl, newly admitted to a posh private school. Drew Barrymore brilliantly portrays Ivy, a sexy, street-wise and lethal Lolita that will do anything to fit in. Sara Gilbert portrays Cooper, a rich, smart, but misunderstood young feminist in search and need of a friend. Through Cooper, Ivy is ushered into a privileged world, and is instantly intrigued. Cooper's father (Tom Skerritt) is a handsome TV newscaster; her mother (Cheryl Ladd) is a beautiful Beverly Hills wife. Yet tensions in the home run deep, providing license for malice that Ivy is quick to seize. With one quick seduction, Ivy sets off a chain reaction that makes 'Poison Ivy' one of the most provocative and erotic films, of the erotic thriller genre, filmed to date. If you somehow missed this gem, give it a look soon. It is one of those very rare films you can enjoy again and again! Excellent!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2005
Ivy is the new, crazy girl in school. Sylvie is the lonesome, geeky, rich girl. Once Ivy and Sylvie meet, they become pretty good pals. Sylvie invites her to ride home, she also invites Ivy into her house. She was making a deadly mistake.

Anyone can tell that something is definitely odd about Ivy, but she is charming to anyone around her. Sylvie's sick mother is always depressed, but when Ivy comes along, Sylvie's mother starts to love Ivy. Sylvie's dad is really starting to get closer to Ivy, too. But Sylvie herself starts to regret the day that she talked to Ivy, because Ivy is starting to ruin her life. But Ivy wants to stay in Sylvie's house, and whatever Ivy wants, Ivy gets.

This movie was really entertaining throughout the whole thing, and it always kept you wondering what horrible thing that the misuderstood Ivy was going to do next. You were always trying to understand Ivy, wanting to know more about this strong character. This movie was chilling and definitely sexy, and overall, it's a good film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 1999
The first of the "Poison Ivy" movies, were DrewBarrymore shines in her role as Ivy. New Line did it again this is agreat DVD it has the unrated and the R-rated versions of the movie and both in Full Screen and Widescreen versions. Othere than that and the Original trailer there is nothing intresting in the DVD. Some Commentary would have been great but I guess you don't get everything in life. If you like Drew Barrymore then Buy it its great.
(took off one start 'cuse there is no Commentary)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2006
Drew Barrymore, Tom Skerritt, Cheryl Ladd, and Sara Gilbert star in this seductive thriller about infidelity and murder.

Drew Barrymore stars as Ivy, a new girl in town. She befriends Sylvie (Sara Gilbert). Sylvie is shy, geeky, and doesn't have many friends, so she is happy that Ivy is showing her some attention. Sylvie invites Ivy over to her house. There, she meets Sylvie's parents, Daryl Cooper (Tom Skerritt) and his wife Georgie Cooper (Cheryl Ladd). Daryl is the manager of the local television station, while Georgie is suffering from emphysema. Georgie rarely comes out of her room and often thinks of suicide by jumping from the bedroom ledge. Georgie's mood seems to improve after meeting Ivy, and soon, Ivy is spending most of her time at the Cooper's home.

However, something strange is beginning to occur. Ivy has begun to take an interest in Daryl. Ivy volunteers to work at a party hosted by Daryl, and she dresses in one of Georgie's favorite dresses. While suffering from a drinking relapse, Daryl puts the moves on Ivy, and they begin to make out. These sessions between Daryl and Ivy become more frequent.

Ivy continues living in the Cooper home until one day, Ivy spots Georgie standing on the bedroom ledge. She puts her hand on Georgie's shoulder as if to comfort her, but instead, Ivy pushes her. Georgie falls to her death. The death is ruled a suicide, because everyone was aware that Georgie had contimplated killing herself before. Ivy goes on as if nothing ever happened.

Sylvie decides to shine up her mother's red Corvette convertible, hoping it will make her feel better and ease her pain of not being able to tell her mother her true feelings before she died. Ivy shows up carrying the urn containing Georgie's ashes and suggest that the "three" of them take a drive in the Corvette. While driving, Ivy begins humming a song. Sylvie recognizes the song as the one that her mother was listening to the morning she died. She accuses Ivy of killing her mother. The two are then involved in an accident. Ivy makes it look like Sylvie was driving, and she leaves Sylvie in the driver's seat. Sylvie is put in the hospital, while Ivy resumes her affair with Daryl. Convinced she's right about Ivy, Sylvie sneaks out of the hospital and hitches a ride back to her house. There, she catches Ivy and her father in the act. What will happen next? Will Ivy suffer the same fate as Georgie, or will Ivy get her wish and they all will become a family?

This is a very good movie. The plot is well-conceived, and the twists will keep you guessing throughout the movie. Drew Barrymore, Tom Skerritt, Cheryl Ladd, and Sara Gilbet all give fine performances, but Barrymore stands out in her sexy and seductive role of Ivy.

I give this movie my highest recommendation. If you're a fan of sexy and seductive thrillers, then this is a movie you won't want to miss.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 1999
A fine cast in a well-directed niche film. Tom Skerritt underplays the role, as usual, to great effect. But the real attraction is Drew Barrymore in a role that seems as if it had been written for her. Wise and wonderful beyond her years... she displays her more than ample talents in a venue more suited to her than the witless comedies than she apparently prefers in the latter part of the decade.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I bought this DVD on a whim. I originally bought the sequel - with Alyssa Milano, cos I'm having serious withdrawal symptoms from Charmed - and since it seems to be stupid to have the sequel without the original, I bought the original.

Set in somewhere extremely rainy (it rains pretty much every other scene), Sylvie meets a girl who she calls Ivy, because of the tattoo transfer of a cross with ivy at the bottom. (Do we ever find out her real name? Cos all 'Ivy' says when Sylvie says that's her name, is: "It gives me a chance to start over." And she later gets the tattoo for real and he charged her $40??? I wish my tattoos were that cheap!) They quickly become best friends, and Ivy tries to fit into her friend's family pretty much by seducing the father and killing the mother. Some friend huh?

This should have been one of those movies that is all nude scene after nude scene after nude scene. With any other actress I think it probably would have been. But with Drew Barrymore at the helm, it became something more than that, almost touching at times. There are some weird moments, like why the parents never question why Ivy is always there; her mother lending Ivy her clothes and the father leering from afar.

Drew Barrymore, and the majorly big haired Sara Gilbert were the shining stars in this movie. Funnily enough they later starred in Riding In Cars With Boys together, where I didn't even realise it was the same girl in that as it was in Poison Ivy.

Also look out for Leonardo Di Caprio in this - a blink and you'll miss him scene. I blinked. I didn't know he was in it, until the credits rolled. I must have completely missed him.

Poison Ivy is a little gem of a movie, which will make you remember your best friends in high school and wonder if they could have ever turned out like Ivy did. Very strange movie, but well worth seeing if you can get it for cheap.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2003
I just watched "Poison Ivy" recently, and after all these years, it still stands the test of time as being a great film. Drew Barrymore gives an intense performance, I love her character in this, and I will go as far as saying this is my favourite performance by her (if not her best?). I love the haunting score with the whole saxophone thing playing whenever something naughty is about to take place. It gives "Poison Ivy" sort of a campy, "red shoe diaries" type of feel. The stroy is also interesting and gripping, and you really want to know what Ivy is going to do next. Drew Barrymore has come a long way, and "Poison Ivy" was the film that launced her mature career to a great start. Footnote: I saw Leo Di Caprio's name in the credits, but don't remember seeing him in the movie, strange.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2004
Sara Gilbert (from TV's "Roseanne") plays Cooper, a lonley teenager who befriends the new wild girl in school, Ivy, (Drew Barrymore). The two become best friends and Ivy eventually moves in with her. But Ivy isnt what she seems to be. Her sweet personality is only a mask covering her darker, evil side. Ivy has a plan to throw their friendship away and destroy Cooper's life. She starts by seducing her father, murdering her mother, and literally stealing Cooper's life from her. Once Cooper realizes whats shes up to, she tells her to get lost. But Ivy isnt about to go anywhere. An Edge Of The Seat Thriller!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is primarily a vehicle to exploit the generalized sensuality of Miss Drew Barrymore, an excellent actress and heir of a great acting family. Drew, who was so cuddily in E.T. when she was six years old or so, is now oh so cuddily and then some to a more varied audience. Here, as a scheming little poor girl, she seduces dad, mom and daughter (in psychologically different ways) before slipping into murder. She is sexy, trashy and very pretty.
Sara Gilbert (from TV's "Rosanne") plays the dweeby poor little rich girl daughter with veracity and some wit. Tom Skerrit is the father without a clue; and Cheryl Ladd, looking rather fetching despite the role, is the dreary mother. Yes, old TV stars can find work! Best scene is when Sara and Drew go to the tattoo parlor. Drew makes a few ugly remarks causing Sara to get up to leave, but Drew draws her back tenderly (to pay the tab), pulls her close, and kisses her. When the beer-bellied tattoo guy tries to join in, the girls give him an "ugh!" and split.
The slow-motion seduction of Skerrit seems a little drawn out. Even after Drew kisses and licks his cut hand, Skerrit just looks off into space in befuddlement. Later things heat up though, and then take a kinky turn when Mom, through a drug and alcohol haze, dimly notices Drew wearing her sexy dress and doing some love numbers on her husband.
Second best scene is after the funeral with Drew sleeping in Cheryl Ladd's bed where she is discovered by Sara. Drew urges her friend, the distraught daughter, to join her. "Pretend I'm your mother," Drew says. As they lie in bed, Sara confides to Drew that what she couldn't say to her mother was "I love you." Drew kisses her head and holds her close.
What was intended here was a psychological study of a teenaged girl without much of a home or much of a family who is drawn to adopt her own family among those of her friends, and in doing so assumes the role of the mother in toto. What we get is a semi-pornographic focus on a very sexy screen darling, a ridiculous murder, and an even more ridiculous finale, the details of which you might want to see for yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2006
This is the classic "Bad-Girl Befriends Wallflower And Turns Her Family's Life Upside Down" Story. Good talent here too. This is to the Gen X's what "Lolita" was to the BabyBoomers. The "oversexed teen" movie of the generation.
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