POISON IVY marks the entry of yet another pair of Roger Corman graduates--writer/director Katt Shea Ruben and her co-writer/producer/former husband Andy--into the mainstream. Ruben's work, which includes STRIPPED TO KILL, DANCE OF THE DAMNED and STREETS, has always emphasized mood and
characterization over cheap thrills, and her new film is no exception.
The ad campaign, suggesting that Ivy (Drew Barrymore) covets her best friend's perfect life, is rather misleading; indeed, it is the fact that young Sylvie Cooper (Sara Gilbert) covets Ivy's freedom that leads them to connect. Sylvie's father Darryl (Tom Skerritt) is distant and neglectful, both
of Sylvie and h...