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  • Awesome Music: Fanservice aside, it's undeniable that the first film has an excellent (if theme-heavy) noir-inspired score. The music during the funeral scene would not be out of place accompanying the birth of Jesus.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The exploitation-heavy nature of the sequels has led to the original film suffering this as well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One of the working titles for the first film was 'Our House'. One of Drew Barrymore's later films - Duplex - would be titled that for the overseas market.
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    • Alyssa Milano is the only one of the 'Ivies' who isn't the villain and doesn't die. Very appropriate that she goes on to become a Charmed One. Also the 'Ivy' from the third film - Jaime Pressly - would guest star on a Charmed episode looking for help.
    • At the time the casting of Drew Barrymore as the villainous Ivy was her Adam Westing to the public's perception of her. It's now hilarious to watch the film knowing that Drew would get clean, enjoy a Career Resurrection and become a respected adult actress.
    • Drew Barrymore stars alongside Cheryl Ladd, who's famous for Charlie's Angels. Years later, Drew herself would star in the live action film version.
    • Alyssa Milano would go on to voice Poison Ivy (the DC Comics villain) in Young Justice.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Word of God is that Ivy is one - Katt Shea seeing her as someone who just wanted to be loved. Sara Gilbert agreed and ad-libbed the "I love her" line towards the end.
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  • Les Yay: Very heavy between Sylvie and Ivy. They even tell each other they love each other and kiss at the end.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The film attracted some at film festivals - because it was made by a female director.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Leonardo DiCaprio has a tiny role in the first film.
  • Tear Jerker: Sylvie's closing lines, ad-libbed by Sara Gilbert. Even though Ivy destroyed her family, Sylvie's not above still feeling empathy and compassion for her:
    I still think about her. I guess, still love her. She might have been even more alone than I was. I miss her.


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