The Poison Ivy series continues with the third installment where they decide to drop the installment number and leave it to the subtitle for the audience to identify it. The subtitle is “The New Seduction” and not only lives up to it by featuring multiple new seductions but also an entirely new cast, though this installment refers to the original Poison Ivy more than the previous sequel did.
After Ivy and Lily another floral named beauty is introduced to us, Violet, played by newcomer Jaime Pressly. Violet is actually the sister of the Ivy from the first movie and in a short flashback introduces us what happened when Ivy and Violet were young. Apparently their mother was the maid of the wealthy Greer family and both Ivy and Violet were best friends with the Greer’s daughter Joy. Not only did their mother do the housekeeping, but she also did the pool boy as well as Mr. Greer himself. When Ms. Greer finds out about this she forces Violet, Ivy and their mother to leave the house. Ten years later Violet returns to the Greer residence and they quickly take her in, but Violet has an agenda…
Poison Ivy: The New Seduction brings nothing new to the series. It’s basically the same story again with Violet being an antagonist just like Ivy was in the original. A hot young woman gets to live with a wealthy family and seduces the father. However, unlike Ivy, Violet doesn’t just stick to the dad but also seduces Joy’s boyfriend and toys around with Joy’s female tennis coach. For the majority of the time Violet’s hi-jinx is as funny as it is sexy. Only in the final act does it turn nasty when bodies start to drop and Violet shows us just how deranged she is. It’s a preposterous plot which could have well been a plot-line in a soap opera, but it’s extremely watchable at the same time, mostly due to the energetic screen presence of Jaime Pressly.
Realizing that the only reason people watch these movies are the young sexy women seducing multiple (older) men in scenes filled with nudity, “The New Seduction” makes no excuses for itself and clearly positions itself as a sex filled movie by having Pressly nude on the cover.
And let’s face it: the sex scenes are the only things that keep these movies interesting and in Poison Ivy: The New Seduction they really use Pressly to her fullest extent. She’s naked almost every other scene and to be honest: what a beautiful woman she is. Even when she’s dressed she’s drop dead gorgeous in every outfit, whether it’s a red evening dress or something as simple as a tight top. She’s really something else and breathes more sex than both Drew Barrymore and Alyssa Milano combined. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that unlike Barrymore and Milano, Pressly was at the beginning of her career and had to make a name for herself. She shows off all of her assets with enormous confidence and never makes it feel as if she was forced to do the nude scenes because her career was going nowhere, something which did seemed to be the case with Milano.
One of the more interesting aspects of Violet is that, though she pretends to go to school, she’s actually a sex-worker. And not some street-prostitute but as it quickly turns out a high class S&M mistress. This will lead to one of the biggest laughs in the movie, providing this franchise with a dose of well needed humor.
Poison Ivy: The New Seduction isn’t a good movie, far from it actually. Not only is it far fetched how nobody seems to pick up on Violet aside from the housekeeper, let alone how a wealthy family invites a girl in to stay whom they haven’t seen in ten years, but the ending never made any sense and was kind of abrupt. An epilogue of some sorts would have made the movie better or at least provided some closure. The script is a basic rehash from the first movie and the whole movie feels like a TV-drama like Beverly Hills 90210 due to dialogue and situations people find themselves in.
But, with Jaime Pressly dominating 90% of movie as she seduces other characters as well as the audience, I kind of got a soft spot for this movie, though hard spot would be a better suitable word in this case…