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Poison Ivy

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)

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


Tom Skerritt

Darryl Cooper

Cheryl Ladd

Georgie Cooper

Alan Stock


Jeanne Sakata


E.J. Moore


J.B. Quon

Another Kid

Leonardo DiCaprio


(as Leonardo Di Caprio)

Michael Goldner

Man in Car

Charley Hayward


Time Winters

Old Man

Billy Kane


Tony Ervolina

Man on Screen

Mary Gordon Murray


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


Gross: $1,829,804

Technical Specs


(R-rated version)
(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.


(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

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.