One look and you can tell she's trouble. The bleached blonde hair, the pouting lips, the skirt just short enough to show off the tattoo on her thigh. But Cooper (Sara Gilbert), herself an outsider, like's the newcomer's style. She befriends her and before long the loner she nicknames Ivy (Drew Barrymore) becomes part of Cooper's family. But for Ivy a handful of home comforts is not neatly enough. She becomes obsessed by desire for Cooper's father (Tom Skerritt), and vows that no-one, least of all Cooper's mother, is going to stop her from having him. And so the household is drawn into a web of deadly attractions where sex, lies, even murder are the weapon in a terrifying fight for survival.
Bad schoolgirl seduction and betrayal circa 1992
- Poison Ivy review by AG
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This is a tale of a bad girl ('Ivy', so named after the lurid cross-with-ivy tatoo high on her thigh which she flaunts at every opportunity) who works her way into the heart of a lonely outsider schoolfriend and, from there, into her family's affections. Without giving the game away, Ivy has her own agenda and all does not end well.
This movie has some plot in common with "American Beauty"; if you're a Dad who's ever noticed your daughter's schoolfriends I dare say you'll enjoy it. Drew Barrynore gives a strong performance as Ivy - however the movie is entirely reliant on her role with the surrounding characters being little more than support to that, so if you don't like Drew as an actress don't bother with the movie. Also this was made in 1992 so shows it's age stylistically, although the plot is dealing with etermal themes of seduction and betrayal which haven't dated. The sex scenes are fairly explicit.