Drew Barrymore is perfectly cast as the seductive and manipulative Ivy. Tom Skerritt delivers an adequate performance as the father. Sara Gilbert is good as the daughter. Cheryl Ladd, on the other hand, is a figment of the film’s imagination. But even this adequate group of performances does little to salvage a plodding melodrama, that teases more than it actually delivers. It ultimately ends up being a series of pointless deceptions that slowly destroys everybody. And how sexy is that? It doesn’t even explore the motivations or psychological implications inherent in such a situation. In other words, it’s a half-hearted attempt to use sex to sell what could have been a great mental drama.
Poison Ivy 2: Lily
The basic plotline sees Alyssa Milano playing Lily, the nice new girl at school. She’s studying art, which means the film has an excuse to put a nude model in a whole bunch of scenes. Soon, thought, sweet Lily finds the diary of Ivy, the temptress from the first film. The reality is, this is the only link between the first film and the second. In any event, Lily is soon tempted towards sexual escapades. Sex is, after all, the whole point of this trilogy. The acting is shallow, but that’s not unexpected. The script is equally as shallow, but again, that’s not unexpected either. Oh… and the nudity is copious, although the trilogy hadn’t fully realized its sexual purpose yet. It would have to wait until number three for that.
Poison Ivy: The New Seduction
Plot-wise, this makes little to no sense and it has virtually nothing to do with the first film. The acting is ludicrously shabby. The motivations are about as empty as any in a straight porn flick. Much of the film is strictly setting up the scenes where Jaime Pressly will have sex, although that’s not a complaint. Want the checklist? How about next to the pool with her best friend’s boyfriend? Check. In the living room with her best friend’s Dad? Check. The maid (who just happens to be Ivy and Violet’s mom and the only linking point for the series) even has sex with the pool boy in the first part of the film! You think I’m kidding, right? I’m not kidding.