Genre Guesstimation – Poison Ivy (1985)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Joe of The MN Movie Man and we will be reviewing our favorite Summer Camp Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jun by sending them to summerjoe@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Joe!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Summer Camp Movies……

“Brave guys don’t rat. Ever. ” – Timmy Mezzy

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (TV in the 80’s and 13 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A counselor at a summer camp falls in love with the assistant nurse and does all he can to try and gain her affection while also dealing with his campers who cause a ruckus throughout.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Joe’s choice for me to watch.

This is actually a film that I recall seeing on TV as a kid at least once, if not more times.

Michael J. Fox and Nancy McKean were both popular sitcom actors in the mid-80’s (in Family Ties and Facts of Life) and putting them together here makes a lot of sense.

Their characters have nice chemistry together but the story itself is somewhat lacking because it all seems a bit too superficial.

The campers all feel a bit too stereotypical and the other counselors also are more caricatures than well developed characters.

The antics that the campers (and counselors) pull throughout are done will even if things constantly seem to be too tame given the fact that this was a made for TV movie.

The plot and sub story lines throughout are a bit too predictable and despite being fun to watch, the film has very few surprises along the way that would enhance things.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jason Bateman is credited on the RCA Columbia Pictures VHS box for Poison Ivy, but does not appear in the film. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not Quite. Fox and McKean are fun to watch here, but the story iotself doesn;t feel original enough to remain enteratining throughout.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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