Poison Ivy

May 8th, 1992


Poison Ivy

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Still of Drew Barrymore and Tom Skerritt in Poison IvyStill of Drew Barrymore and Sara Gilbert in Poison Ivy

A seductive teen befriends an introverted high school student and schemes her way into the lives of her wealthy family.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 5.1/10 (8,137 voted)

Director: Katt Shea

Stars: Drew Barrymore, Tom Skerritt, Sara Gilbert

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.

Writers: Melissa Goddard, Andy Ruben

Sara Gilbert - Sylvie Cooper
Drew Barrymore - Ivy
Tom Skerritt - Darryl Cooper
Cheryl Ladd - Georgie Cooper
Alan Stock - Bob
Jeanne Sakata - Isabelle
E.J. Moore - Kid
J.B. Quon - Another Kid
Leonardo DiCaprio - Guy (as Leonardo Di Caprio)
Michael Goldner - Man in Car
Charley Hayward - Tiny
Time Winters - Old Man
Billy Kane - James
Tony Ervolina - Man on Screen
Mary Gordon Murray - M.D.

Taglines: What Ivy wants, Ivy gets.

Release Date: 8 May 1992

Filming Locations: Alverno High School - 200 North Michillinda Avenue, Sierra Madre, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $1,829,804 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime: Argentina:  | USA: (R-rated version)  | USA: (unrated version)

Did You Know?

Cheryl Ladd is best known for her role in the hit TV show Charlie's Angels. Her Poison Ivy co-star Drew Barrymore went on to star in the movie adaptation, Charlie's Angels, in 2000.

Continuity: (At 40:00) 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.

[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.

User Review

Better than it should be


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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