This sequel's producers would have been well-advised to hire Drew Barrymore for its flashbacks. Without her tawdry brand of hedonism, this film is a follow-up without a frame of reference.
Impressionable Lily Leonetti (Alyssa Milano) comes to study at a trendy LA art institute. A devoted family gal, Lily clings to her Midwestern ethics in the student house she shares with attentive lesbian Tanya (Katherine Dora Brown), bitchy slut Bridgette (Victoria Haas), shy violist Robert
(Walter Kim), and Beverly Hills rebel/sculptor Gredin (Johnathon Schaech). After reading the sexually-oriented diary of Ivy, a former house occupant, Lily's good-girl moral resolve weakens. She brightens up her staid look, gives gives big-man-on-campus Gredin a tumble, and accepts a baby-sitting
gig for her tumescent professor Donald Falk (Xander Berkeley).
Lily poses nude for Falk and drives a coquettish wedge in his marriage to Angela (Belinda Bauer) before opting for true amour with simpatico Gredin. At a Thanksgiving dinner, Falk attempts to rape her. Viewing Viewing this assault causes Falk's daughter to rush out into the street where she's
knocked senseless by a car. At the communal house, Falk knocks out Gredin, pushes an interfering Robert down the stairs and drags Lily onto the roof. When Gredin rescues her, the besotted Falk loses his grip and falls to the pavement below.
Trying desperately to cash in on the mega-rental success of POISON IVY, this insipid rip-off makes its predecessor seem like a classic of erotic stimulation. Written in the sketchy psychological profiling perfected by TV shrinks, POISON IVY 2 fails to impress because we neither connect with its
underdeveloped characters nor care about their overdeveloped urges. At no point does this film give a sense of Lily being possessed by Ivy, the voice of unzippable pleasure in the diary. If the invasiveness of Ivy's personality isn't palpable, the film has no point.
Milano lacks the acting resources to pull off a character transformation that goes from Sleeping Beauty to Snow White Who Drifted. Berkeley and Bauer effectively illustrate the debilitating effects of 7-year itch, but POISON IVY 2 gets no help from its younger cast members. Watchable only as a
soap opera about what every parent fears about dorm life, the film fails at its arousal mission. One gets the feeling Lily isn't reading a red-hot personal journal but a fashion spread in Seventeen magazine about what coeds are wearing to beer blasts this season. (Violence, extreme profanity,extensive nudity, sexual situations, substance abuse.)
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- Released: 1996
- Rating: R
- Review: This sequel's producers would have been well-advised to hire Drew Barrymore for its flashbacks. Without her tawdry brand of hedonism, this film is a follow-up without a frame of reference. Impressionable Lily Leonetti (Alyssa Milano) comes to study at a t… (more)