Poison Ivy [DVD] 
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A seductive teen befriends an introverted high school student and schemes her way into the lives of her wealthy family.
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Drew Barrymore never looked better than she did in this film and it's easy to see why Tom Skerritt is tempted by the teenage temptress. Sara Gilbert, who older readers may remember from Roseanne and younger readers as an occasional actress in The Big Bang Theory, plays a very good supporting role in this tight, memorable, and erotic thriller.
There is a little too much on the music playing in the background but all in all, this is a good film to kill an hour-and-a-half with, particularly as it involves Ms Barrymore at her sexy looking best in a role that she excelled in.
However, in response to a previous comment about the rating, I'm not sure what version she was watching but this film is an 18 with good reason for at least a couple of sex scenes between a teenage Barrymore and older man Skerrit, I watched it at about 13 and it was more than I'd seen elsewhere so I'd say the label is deserved. Wouldn't be happy watching this with my 12 yr old daughter...
The story idea is intriguing but not that original; a beautiful young girl from the wrong side of the tracks befriends the geeky insecure rich girl from her school class. She then worms her way into the family's affections in differing ways. She sympathises and comforts the mother, a neurotic who believes she is on death's door. She seduces the father, a reforming alcoholic, even steals the affections of the family dog. Finally she generally turns nasty on her so called friend and sets her up for many a bad fall.
Where it just didn't work for me is that all the tricks used to show the development of the story line just seem so hackneyed and generally tired. They are nothing new and possess no subtlety whatsoever is they way they are presented. They are rammed down the audience's throat with a sense that if they had been done with any delicacy at all the film maker's were scared that their "idiot" audience wouldn't understand.
The performances aren't shockingly bad but they certainly aren't fantastic. Drew Barrymore is certainly good looking but can she pull off the necessary malice for this role? For me she didn't come anywhere close. Sara Gilbert is more believable as the misunderstood outsider that Barrymore befriends but even here there is something missing.
For me this is a movie you watch when you're a misunderstood teenager yourself, you watch it feeling convinced it's full of hidden messages that only you can understand and thinking that the film is speaking to you on a level that no-one else can. It isn't, it's just a worn out mechanical acting by numbers flick which soon looses it's shine.
The film is about a rich kid (Sylvia played by Sara Gilbert) who befriends a drifter (Ivy played by Drew Barrymore). The two are both outcasts and form a special bond based on actual friendship. Or so Sylvia believes. I dont want to give too much away because the film is paced perfectly, the story unravels a bit at a time making it a film that you really do have to watch all the way through.
Drew is brilliant as Ivy, catching the balance between loving friend and evil enemy just perfectly. Whats more, its all believeable, its not so over the top that you cant emphathise with the characters. Sara does a brilliant job also, playing a character thats different to her role as Darlene Connor in Roseanne. She plays the contradictions of her character, a rebel who wants to annoy her parents and also a caring daughter to perfection.
If you want your films to be more than just the moronic shoot em up Hollywood fare, then watch "Poison Ivy". You cant leave your brain at the door with this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the film, huge Tom Skerritt fan and this dvd came packaged well.Published 6 months ago by Miss Karen Cox
Was disappointed! DVD wouldnt play on standard dvd player, not impressed! said dvd not recognized! obviously not right.... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am sorry to say I did not like this film, and also the quality wasn't up to standard, but, after complaining to Amazon my money was refunded immediatelyPublished 13 months ago by rosio 'o'
drew plays a very good part as she falls for her friends dad and does some evil things to get him good filmPublished 16 months ago by miss lou ward