106 Min | Drama – Thriller | January 1996
IMDB Rating: 4.3
Director: Anne Goursaud
Starring: Alyssa Milano, Johnathon Schaech, Xander Berkeley
Poison Ivy II Review: In Poison Ivy II, Lily is a shy Michigan art student who has somehow managed to secure herself a place at an LA college despite her pathetic scribblings resembling that of an average twelve year old. Soon after moving into her student lodgings, Lily discovers a diary that once belonged to Ivy, the disturbed babe played by Drew Barrymore in the first film. Inspired by Ivy’s confidence and fearlessness, Lily adopts a new, more seductive persona to help her overcome her reservations and be accepted by her peers. Having briefly held a reputation for being a wild child, hottie Alyssa Milano must have seemed like the obvious choice to follow in Drew Barrymore’s footsteps for this sequel to Poison Ivy, but despite Milano happily shedding her clothes to indulge in several steamy soft-core sex scenes, Poison Ivy II proves to be less fun than the original movie.
Barrymore’s Ivy was damaged goods, an unpredictable loose cannon, she exuded a genuine air of sexual danger, and yet this ‘bad-girl’ was still worthy of our compassion, her damaged psyche clearly the result of a very troubled childhood. In short, she was complex as well as sexy. Poison Ivy II’s Lily has a far less valid excuse for her wanton behaviour, her upbringing apparently trauma-free, Lily is simply desperate to be popular and feels that the best way to achieve this is to act like a total slut. It doesn’t make her very endearing or particularly interesting. The male characters in Poison Ivy II are as equally vapid and unagreeable, Lily’s sculptor boyfriend Gredin is a clingy pretty boy who proves to be as bland as his ‘art’, while lustful teacher Donald Falk is not only an adulterous sleaze-bag but every bit as bad an artist as his students.
After lots of fairly unexceptional eroticism, during which Milano flashes her tits a lot, Poison Ivy II moves into predictable thriller mode for the finale, a frustrated Falk getting his rape on with temptress Lily, only to be caught in the act by Gredin, Falk’s wife Angela (Belinda Bauer) and his daughter Daphne (a young Camilla Belle), and then become a knife wielding lunatic destined to die by the closing credits. Poison Ivy II is available in both rated and unrated versions on Region 1, but unrated is clearly the way to go, with several minutes more of Alyssa in the buff being a naughty, naughty girl.