Poison Ivy II Film Details
Overview: First time out of Michigan, Lily starts art school in LA and shares a house with other young artistic people. Both her teacher and a roomie/classmate show interest in her.
Tagline: Passion. Seduction. Betrayal. Lily wanted to be just like Ivy.
Review: Poison Ivy II is set in Los Angeles as a teenage student named Lily Leonetti (Alyssa Milano) arrives two weeks late for the start of her life study art class at university having been delayed in Michigan. Shy, retiring & modest Lily is a very pretty girl who attracts the attention of local hunk Gredin (Jonathon Schaech) & her art class teacher Donald (Xander Berkeley). While at home in a university dorm Lily finds a box in her wardrobe, inside the box are some slutty clothes & & diary that belonged to the last resident, a girl named Ivy. Lily is fascinated by the diary & Ivy’s thoughts, Lily starts to copy Ivy & think like her as she cuts her hair, gets a piercing & starts to wear very revealing clothes as she tries to decide whether she wants to date Gredin or Donald. Lily settles on Gredin but Donald won’t let her go as easily as Lily would like & things turn violent as lives are torn apart… Directed by Anne Goursaud this was the first sequel to the erotic thriller Poison Ivy (1992) whose only claim to fame is that it starred a young Drew Barrymore but otherwise was total crap, I saw the original Poison Ivy only last week & really didn’t like it at all so while my expectations for Poison Ivy II weren’t high even I was unprepared for just how bad this is. It’s interesting to note that the script was written by someone called Chloe King so if we then remember the director was also a woman you could say that the main creative driving forces behind Poison Ivy II are women & it’s maybe no surprise that it’s the men who turn out to be the biggest scumbags here. In fact Lily does very little wrong here, she certainly doesn’t do anything illegal or physically hurt anyone & it’s the art teacher who goes all mental & comes across as the real villain of the film. Sure Lilly leads him on a little bit & flirts between the young hunky Gredin & the older married Donald but otherwise does nothing even remotely evil or dangerous or nasty. I thought the whole point of a Poison Ivy film was that it was the woman who was the seductive evildoer who used her looks & manipulative charm to get what she wanted & ruin lives in the process? Or am I wrong? Poison Ivy II is a slow moving, tepid, uneventful bore of a film that I really hated, at almost an hour & fifty minutes long I was seriously considering using the fast-forward button on many occasions & even the plot is a damp squib with hardly anything happening. There’s a fight between Gredin & Donald at the end before Donald rather randomly walks off a roof for reasons I can’t figure out but otherwise next to nothing happens. I haven’t been this bored by a film in a while. Poison Ivy II has no edge, it’s not dark enough, it has nothing relevant to say, it has zero entertainment value, it feels like it goes on forever, it’s not thrilling or erotic &the connection to the original Poison Ivy is tenuous at best with the main florally named character Lily not acting like her anyway & quite why reading a diary would change her so drastically so quickly (like in a few hours) is hard to believe. No-one dies in this & I can’t remember any violence, a young girl gets hit by a car but it’s her own fault since she runs out in front of it & she’s fine anyway so it doesn’t count. Even the so-called erotic scenes are completely lacking, they are very short & very tame as to be almost inconsequential. Although competently made Poison Ivy II is bland & forgettable, sure leading lady Alyssa Milano is a nice looking bird but so what when the rest of the films such a bore to sit through? The laughably bad moral message at the end about being yourself is so corny, badly written & delivered I was left shaking my head & ever so slightly embarrassed. Rather randomly there’s also this small character named Robert who just seems to sit in his room all day playing the Chello, I’m not sure what he to do with anything but at least he was dedicated. Probably a fairly low budget film Poison Ivy II has nothing going for it, it’s drab & dull with no excitement or satisfying erotic content. The acting is average, I didn’t think anyone came out with any great credit but then again I have seen worse performances I suppose. Poison Ivy II is one of the most boring & tepid films I have seen in ages, Lily doesn’t do anything wrong so there’s no edge & the moral nonsense about being yourself is just to badly done to be effective. Unfortunately two further Poison Ivy films have been made, Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997) & Poison Ivy: The Secret Society (2008). Please no more, just stop now, thanks.
Country: United States
Duration: 106 min
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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